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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Low-Cost Startups by Gail Margolies Reid

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Lawn and Yard Maintenance

Estimated startup costs: $750-$1,000
Estimated first-year revenue: $40,000-$60,000
The market for lawn- and yard-care customers has stopped growing in recent years due to the cooling off of the housing market. Nonetheless, an enormous base of homeowners are still as committed as ever to keeping up with the Joneses. The last two decades saw nonstop growth in suburban housing, expanding the neighborhoods of single family homes complete with private lots and neat lawns. Many of these homes have been built in subdivisions governed by homeowner associations that require each property owner to maintain his or her home’s exterior to specific standards. These expectations, coupled with an aging population grown weary of mowing ...

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