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    Andrew86
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    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking into the idea of starting up a part-time mowing business. At the moment I work a 2 week on/off roster, which means I have 9-10 business days free during my time off. At the moment my partner and I have bought some acerage and as such, need to invest in a proper ride on mower and this is what got me thinking.

    Is it unreasonable to spend that little bit extra (3-4k) to get a commercial quality mower and try and earn some cash in my time off – I have all the other basic gear required. I haven’t delved too deep into what the market is like where I live, but there is a lot of new housing being developed, plenty of 1 acre lot suburbs around.

    Should I be putting up some expressions of interest to see whether people would be interested in my services.

    Any help, guidance or criticism would be great.

    Andrew.

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    Andrew86, post: 210824 wrote:
    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking into the idea of starting up a part-time mowing business. At the moment I work a 2 week on/off roster, which means I have 9-10 business days free during my time off. At the moment my partner and I have bought some acerage and as such, need to invest in a proper ride on mower and this is what got me thinking.

    Is it unreasonable to spend that little bit extra (3-4k) to get a commercial quality mower and try and earn some cash in my time off – I have all the other basic gear required. I haven’t delved too deep into what the market is like where I live, but there is a lot of new housing being developed, plenty of 1 acre lot suburbs around.

    Should I be putting up some expressions of interest to see whether people would be interested in my services.

    Any help, guidance or criticism would be great.

    Andrew.

    The big issue I can see about it being part time, in the way your roster works, is periods such as spring when clients may want weekly mows, now you may be lucky and not get them, but on average for my mowing clients I have 3 or 4 that want weekly, and as you can gues they are my better clients.

    The other obstacle could be depending on where in this wide land you live in if you got hot with a week of rain just in the period you were home, you than cant bump the jobs into the next week as you are off doing your normal job. Some guys/gals wouldnt see that as a problem, because they would just mow in the rain, I must be showing my age because I refuse to mow in the rain, plus I also find that the job is not as good, and I dont like leaving a dodgy job.

    When I say these are problems or obstacles, dont take that as a don’t do it, because I think it is a good option for you based on the info provided, but you need to keep those 2 things in mind when sourcing clients, I would loose a $20k per year clinet if I couldnt service the property evry week during certain periods. In your case just don’t take that client and refer them to me..LOL

    As for the ride on, I previously owned acreage, and my suggestion if you are going to do it commercially or just for yourself, spend a bit more, the cheap ones are exactly that, and you can save the extra money in maintenance as well as time saving.

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    I think there probably won’t be a better insight into the industry than bb1.

    If you just wanted to gather some momentum and see if there was interest you can always do a mail drop in your area. Just write up an A5 or A6 ad and have a walk around your area and put it in peoples mail boxes.

    I’d probably suggest maybe doing some sort of package deals, e.g. 1x mow fortnightly for $XX, or 1x mow monthly for $XX. I guess with this you will be able to gather whether there is interest in doing fortnightly mows and it will give you more of an insight whether to proceed with the idea or not. If you have spare time and there is interest, hey, why not? But before investing money, just test the market first.

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    nikmaricic, post: 210853 wrote:
    IIf you just wanted to gather some momentum and see if there was interest you can always do a mail drop in your area. Just write up an A5 or A6 ad and have a walk around your area and put it in peoples mail boxes.

    definitely, but I would also follow it up a couple of weeks later, people seem to get the hint with a followup.

    Also if you get a client in a street, drop a flyer 10 houses either side of it for the first few visits. The less you have to drive the better. I once had 4 houses accross the road from each other, spent the whole day there and never moved the vehicle.

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    Hi Andrew and welcome to the forum,

    You’ve received some great advice there from Bert – I hope that it’s helpful to you.

    And Bert, thank you for sharing your knowledge so generously. Love your work :)

    Jayne

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