5 Surefire Signs Of a Lawn Business Entrepreneur

The truth is, it takes an entrepreneurial zeal and a fire inside of you to start a lawn business — and make it succeed — and not everyone has it.

How do you know if you have what it takes to start a lawn business?

There's really no way to know for sure. But I do find things in common among the industry's best.

You don't have to fit all 5 of these categories to be a good candidate for lawn business entrepreneurship. In general, the more of the following character traits you have, the more likely you probably are to being ready to sail the seas of owning your own business.

1. You and Your Boss Don't Get Along

History shows you and your boss don't get along. A lot of people who start their own lawn businesses tend to have been extremely unhappy at their job. They may have even gotten fired from or quit more than

one job in the past. I'm not talking about being laid off. I'm saying you were let go or you even quit before your boss could fire you. I don't mean all this in a negative way. People who are successful at establishing their own lawn business tend to have had parents or other family members who worked for themselves. Let's face it, it's usually easier to go out and get a job with a company than to start your own lawn business but people who strike out on their own often have the direct example of a mentor or someone to look to.

2. You Have Support

You've got the support of your friends, family, and maybe even some of the employees from your last job. Starting a lawn business isn't always a walk in the park. Stepping out to do it without the support of people around you can make it even harder.

3. You've Reached a Dead-End

This is the point in your life where you have gone as far as you can go. You've hit that ceiling in your job and your life. Sometimes the motivation to start a new lawn business comes from having reached the dead-end where you are. The desire and the drive to start or build a lawn business can also come from deciding that you've hit that dead-end instead of getting somewhere in your life. Fear of not achieving

anything of significance can be a powerful motivator, especially if the idea of starting a lawn business is at least more interesting and potentially more lucrative than where you're at.

4. You've Done Some Due Diligence

You've at least taken a look at what a lawn business is all about. Don't even talk to me about your great lawn business idea if you haven't put the time into figuring out if there's a market for your lawn care services. The road to failure is paved with "good intentions". Don't bother building your lawn business if you haven't figured out whether there's a good chance your customers will come.

5. You Need Help

You have come to the realization that although embarking on your own is possible, getting help from other people is far more effective and profitable. You might excel at certain areas of your lawn business.

But it's unlikely that you are going to excel at every task or at all of the tasks involved in running your lawn business. Don't be a loner. You're going to need some help sometime. So be willing to call upon the assistance from others — mentors, friends, family, employees for those areas in which you are not an expert.

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Anonymous LWN MWR said...


November 26, 2007  

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