The fall is a wonderful time of year, but for any homeowner with a lot of trees in their yard, the fall can be a big headache. A lot of homeowners would be glad to let you do it for them.

PRO:
— Low start-up costs (all you really need is bags, a rake, work gloves, and boots)

CONS:
— It’s hard work, especially for a property with a lot of trees. You may end up filling 20 bags or more.

How to Get Started:
NOTE: Before you start your business, you should read the page on this website entitled “things to think about before you get started.” After you have taken the preliminary steps for starting any business, you can take the specific steps outlined below.

You will need gather the right equipment to make your leaf pickup business a success.

  • A rake (preferably at least two rakes). Even if you’re collecting leaves solo, it’s a good idea to have at least two rakes on hand, just in case one rake breaks during a more difficult leaf pickup job.
  • Leaf bags: Look for biodegradable and compostable bags.
  • Work gloves and boots. These items will keep you comfortable and help protect your hands and feet while you work.

How Much to Charge:
Use your local classified ads or Craigslist postings in your area as a guide for how much to charge for leaf collection services. Also, make sure that your rate, whether you charge hourly or by lawn, covers equipment costs such as bags, rakes, gloves, etc.

Taking it to the next level:
Ready to upgrade your leaf pickup business? Here are a few ways to find new clients:

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