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Your earnings will depend on how many lawns you cut and at what price. If you want to make a full-time, profitable business from lawn cutting, my advice is that you aim to cut fewer lawns but charge more because of the quality of your workmanship.

Don't underestimate what's involved. Even a self-propelled mower becomes hard work when you're doing it all day. There's a lot of bending down and emptying grass boxes as well as moving heavy garden furniture such as tables and chairs away from the lawn prior to cutting, and putting them back once you've finished. Don't underestimate the work involved. This business involves far more than pushing a mower around.

When quoting for a job you will need to consider:

  • The size and area of the lawn to be cut.
  • Whether or not you will be able to cut it using your mower, or the layout is such that you will have to use a strimmer for those tight corners.
  • Does your contract include removing the grass clippings? If so, remember to include enough to cover tipping charges.
  • How much garden furniture will you have to move from the lawn before you cut it?
  • Dog fouling - if your client has a dog who is responsible for clearing away the dog mess prior to the cutting? If it's you, make sure you charge enough. From personal experience, I can tell you this can be very time-consuming, particularly if your client is elderly and unable to do it for themselves. My experience was that before I could begin cutting, I'd have to clear away a week's worth of dog mess. Invariably this took longer than actually cutting the lawn.

When cutting the lawns you should always wear:

  • protective ear muffs
  • heavy-duty gardening gloves
  • steel capped boots
  • protective eye glasses when using strimmers and the like. Build it and fix-it service

Most gardens have structures that will need erecting or repairing. Whether it's a tired but much loved greenhouse in need of some weatherproofing or a new roof for a summerhouse, there is always opportunity for a skilled handyman.

If you're a skilled DIYer or a retired professional carpenter, then there is a ready-made market for your skills.

Increasingly, hard structures are now coming flat-packed, which can cause headaches. If you're in any doubt, stand near to the customer services counter of any large DIY store on a Saturday and Sunday and you'll see what I mean.

Not everyone is capable of erecting a greenhouse. There's no shame in that. However, people don't like to admit to it. The same goes for garden sheds, fencing and benches. The key to offering a build-it service is that you don't make yourself look clever and your client foolish.

Be careful how you market this service. Your sales literature needs to highlight the benefits of having someone else erect their greenhouse or shed while they get on with enjoying their garden and the long summer days.

Base any sales campaign, literature, advertisement or card on the basis of selling the benefits of employing your experience, rather than 'If you can't erect your shed, I'll do it for you', approach.

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