Starting a lawn care side hustle can be a great way to earn some extra income. Customers love the experience because they receive a more personalized service with greater flexibility than from a full landscaping company. With lower overhead costs, a solo entrepreneur can also offer competitive pricing and build strong customer relationships that can lead to repeat business and referrals. It’s a win-win for everyone and easy to get started.
Here are some steps you can follow to get started:
Conduct research on the lawn care industry in your area, including the types of services offered, pricing, and competition. Ask your neighbors and friends to see what they are currently doing. Don’t be shy, tell them what you are considering and learn everything you can from them.
Use what you have learned for your next discussion. Don’t forget to be upfront and ask for their business (when you are ready) or their support as you continue to get ready.
Depending on your location, you may need to obtain a business license or permit to operate a lawn care business (or any business for that matter). Check with your local government to determine the requirements.
If you don’t already have access to a lawn mower, edger, trimmer, blower or other things you might need, borrow before you buy. One of your friends might have access and it is always best to hold off your capital outlay. Another option while you get started is to rent the equipment that you will need.
Do your research, as quite often a 2-month rental will cost more than an outright purchase. As a last resort, you can buy or lease the necessary equipment. You may also need to invest in other tools like rakes, shovels, and shears. Be careful on your startup costs, my preference is always to call in a favor and borrow so you can get started faster, and for less money.
Determine how much you will charge for your services. Research the prices charged by other lawn care companies in your area and price your services competitively. Some of the most successful landscaping businesses are shifting into a subscription model. Customers prefer it over seasonal costs, and it could even extend your summer side hustle into the other three seasons.
There is always something to do like clean up, snow clearing, de-icing etc. Be creative, everyone likes predictable costs and reliable services.
Create a website or social media pages to advertise your services. You can also distribute flyers or business cards in your neighborhood, post ads in local newspapers or online classifieds, or offer a referral program to attract new customers. Don’t spend too much at first on advertising, learn from each experience and remember that your best customers are almost always from referrals.
Don’t forget to ask each of your customers for a referral or introduction to one of their friends.
Always provide top-notch customer service to ensure customer satisfaction and retention. Be reliable, communicate effectively, and respond promptly to customer inquiries and concerns.
It is so much easier to keep a happy customer than it is to find a new one. Cherish them, they are both betting and relying on your success.
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Starting a lawn care side hustle requires some investment in equipment and planning, but with hard work and dedication, and the right platform partner it can be a profitable and rewarding venture.
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