Originally Posted by robbie
I Advise STRONGLY against doing this.
This works in theory. But you are going to have a hard time breaking even. This is why most operations on this scale don't work. If you are interested in doing landscaping buy the equipment he mentioned, but get licensed bonded and insured. Don't just show up to a neighborhood with gear (especially a subdivision) and expect not to be ran off by the home-owners association. I worked for a landscaping company as a foreman 2-3 years ago. We were told to report anyone operating this way to the home-owners association/security at all of the housing editions we worked in. Since 9/11 people aren't keen on just anyone walking through their neighborhood. You might be able to find someone willing to pay you 40$ to mow their lawn, but they won't want to pay you a cent more and will expect you to do everything involved with making a yard look nice which simply can't be done for 45$ a yard, and I lived in OK (one of , if not THE lowest cost of living/average salary in the nation).
I think you are right. My mistake for saying sub division. I grew up in the suburbs of a major city, and it was easy to get an entire "neighborhood." No HOAs.
In any case, you made me realize that it's been nearly a 3/4 of a decade since I did this. A lot has changed.
I still maintain that it is relatively easy to make 10K in a summer doing this. People have respect for those putting themselves through college and will give them work. I would rather do it than be a waiter at Olive Garden, for example.