Spring is right around the corner and thoughts will soon be turning to love, romance and. . . mowing the lawn? Well, not exactly, but this is the time of year when the cycle of life renews itself with vibrant shades of green and other colors. It's also a great time to make some extra green doing what many can't or rather not do; mowing the lawn and getting the yard in shape. While it may not be the most glamorous work you'll ever do, it can be quite lucrative. Back in the 90's, I did this part time for several years. During those months of Spring and early Summer, I usually earned more cutting lawns part time then I did on my regular job. It's a simple way for practically anyone to earn good money, and requires little investment other than basic lawn mower equipment and bags, and a lot of energy.
While you can do this type of business just about anywhere, one area that always has a need for this type of service is a community that consists largely of professional and business people. These people tend to lead busy lives, and often have large yards that they have neither the time or desire to maintain. Your task is simply to let them know that you'll do the nasty for them. One way to accomplish this is by placing small advertisements in local papers. In most cases, you'll find that these communities have a local paper that caters to the community. You'll usually find these papers at libraries, and local convenience stores. Once you've located the local community newspaper, shopper's guide, etc. . you next step is to place a small classified or display ad describing your ‘Professional Lawn Service’. In your ad, simply let them know how your service will enable them to enjoy that beautiful lawn without the hassle of trying to maintain it.
Another way to reach potential clients is to place small signs at busy intersections that these people travel. Although you could do signs by hand, it would look much more professional to have your signs made by a sign company. Keep it simple and don't use a lot of unnecessary words but instead keep the focus on your ‘Professional Lawn Care Service’. You can also print up circulars but be careful how you distribute them so that you don't receive a lot of complaints about the circulars trashing up the neighborhood. One little advertising thing that I did was having a friend draw up a simple flyer of an old balding obese man sweating profusely while pushing a mower with the headline, ‘Having any Fun Yet?', and distributed it to some houses in the area. I received enough business from that circular to keep me busy for most of the summer. As they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.
If you decide to give this business a try, one suggestion is to get the best type of Commercial lawn equipment that you can afford. Even though it might set you back a bit initially, it will pay for itself many times over through the course of the summer. Oftentimes you can get good used heavy duty lawn equipment at local lawn repair and sales shops for a discount, since they usually have things left over from the previous season, and like car dealerships have to move them out to make room for the new models.
While not for everyone, a lawn care business can be an excellent income earner this time of year. It requires no special skills, and with a few pieces of basic equipment, you can be on your way to earning money practically the same day. Just one last thing, watch the flowers!
Bob Mathers is actively engaged in Internet Marketing. His current website is-Make Money With Your Own Internet Business