It’s That Time Of Year Again

March 27th, 2012 | Posted in Current Events, Misc Assorted General Stuff | 2 Comments

No, I’m not talking about any of the entirely too many occasions for mandatory gift giving.  I’m talking about the *fun* time of having to mow the lawn.

Mowing the lawn is something I’ve come to hate doing.  The biggest reason is that because my lawn mower “retired” (meaning it doesn’t work anymore) a few years ago, all I have to do the job with is a Weed Eater Featherlite.

This is a handy tool for doing trimming work and it *CAN* be used to mow the lawn with but it’s a LOT more work to do so.  Given that my health and endurance isn’t even close to what it used to be this means that I am up to doing about 20 minutes worth or so per day.

Doing the lawn in such small bursts means that until the weather gets dry enough that the growth rate of the grass slows down considerably, I’m going to have a hell of a time staying caught up with it.  Usually I’ll finish just in time to start over again.

Too bad there’s not much chance of me being able to afford a hundred and fifty bucks for a new lawnmower.  I’d love to have one.  It would mean actually being able to get the job done in two days instead of about eight.

[tags]lawn mowing, weed eater, lawn mower, yard chore, yard care[/tags]

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2 Responses to “It’s That Time Of Year Again”

  1. Danielle’s link is pretty much tyring to sell you a guide.It’s easy enough.  You need more than a lawnmower though First step, you want to get a business license in your state.  It’s usually free or under $30 to do so.  Visit your state government’s web page and read about it it takes a couple weeks, tops.  In that time All you need is a good, reliable lawnmower and probably a weed eater to handle small spaces in which the lawnmower will not fit.  After that, you go door to door, asking if someone would like lawn mowing service.  Keep track of your customers, prices, etc closely with Excel or a nice notebook, and, remember to negotiate a solid schedule and what to do in case of rain or bad weather on a given day with each customer, and to secure access to the property (locked fences that you can’t get through can be treated as bad weather, usually).Best practice would be to ask for payment after the lawn has been mowed so that your customer can inspect your work and decide if you did a good enough job to be paid for, or ask you to take care of any problems before paying you.  Sound lame, but, that’s how you get a good name for yourself.Remember that mowing people’s lawns is a commitment if you fail to show up and the grass gets out of control, that person has to seek alternative methods of getting the grass mowed, which is highly annoying (happened to me this year).  A quick tip, also, would be to arm yourself with really nice secondary tools, hedge clippers, weed sprays, etc.Learn up on things that people do with their yard, like composting, etc, so you won’t disturb these kinds of things, and make sure to ask each customer if they have any plants that aren’t clearly marked so that you don’t destroy them.In any event, you don’t really need a guide for that kind of business lawnmower, weed eater, and something to carry them in (van or truck, generally, or maybe a big trunk will do).  Good luck.

  2. I have no idea who this Danielle you mention is nor have I received any link from anyone named Danielle.  As for the rest of your comment, I have zero intention of EVER mowing lawns for a living.  I H*A*T*E mowing lawns.  Of course, if you’d actually, oh, I don’t know, READ the post you’re responding to you’d know that.