Two years ago I wrote an article titled, “Should I Hire a Lawn Service or Mow the Yard Myself?“. At that time, I decided that it made more sense for me to hire a lawn mowing service for reasons such as:
- I could earn more money by paying for the service and writing articles than mowing the yard myself
- The initial cost of buying a mower and housing it would have been outrageous
- I didn’t have much time because I was going to start my MBA classes
Two years later, things have changed and I have grown wiser in my decision to cut the lawn. Back then, I figured that I would have to buy a gas powered mower that would require maintenance and a new shed to keep it in (since I only have a one-stall garage), but this was simply not accurate. The only reason I came up with these “facts” was because I simply didn’t want to mow the yard. I found a way to justify the expense of having a lawn mowing service and went forward with the contract.
Today, I realize that I don’t even need a gas powered mower to cut my grass. Instead of dishing out $300 for a new push mower, I have spent $30 for a old-school reel mower. This requires no gasoline or oil and is powered by my legs and arms. The initial cost was low and so is the maintenance. This product works amazingly well and best of all, it is eco-friendly.
The Eco-Friendly Lawn Mowing Business
More and more people are worried about the environment today and would like to do their part to save this wonderful planet that we live on. Instead of driving 4-wheel drive trucks everywhere, some people are trading in their polluting vehicles for electric cars. Still others are riding their bicycles more often. Not only does it save the environment, it is saving them money as well!
So here is the business idea. What if you were able to pay less to have your lawn mowed (vs. your current mowing service), and you could do your part in saving the environment at the same time? That would be a beautiful thing, right? Who wouldn’t hire this type of lawn service? Well, if you haven’t guessed it by now, I am proposing a business that would mow yards solely with reel push mowers (like the one pictured on the right). To be even more eco-friendly, the employees would not drive to your house with a gas-emitting vehicle (that wouldn’t be very eco-friendly now would it?). Instead, they would ride to your house on their bicycle with an attached trailer.
Here are the benefits to the customer:
- A quiet service
- A cut that is healthy and natural for your lawn
- A cheaper price
This idea would most likely start with myself, my bicycle, and my $30 reel mower and grow according to the demand. So, the starting cost would be approximately $0.00, with very little monthly expenses (the only expenses I can think of are bike repairs and blade sharpenings) and I would earn approximately $15 per mow. What do you think my chances are for this business to take off?
Is this business idea stupid or genius???
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.