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Oscapes
06-02-2005, 04:48 PM
I know I already posted this in the other forum, but I want some insight from you all as well.

My goal is to make about $1000 per week working 20 hours a week. That's $50/hr. I am offering mowing, mulching, planting, retaining walls, aerating, and detatching.

The most difficult part is incorporating all of these services a week and working a steady 20 hours per week making $50/hr.

I'm racking my brain trying to figure out how many mowing accounts I need and how many of this or that I need.

Any advice, maybe I am going about this all wrong. Is there an easier way?

Obviously, I will make more doing the landscaping portion opposed to just lawncare.

br549oicu8
06-02-2005, 05:35 PM
Better plan to work more hours thah that..................

Oscapes
06-02-2005, 05:39 PM
So if I can only work 20 hours per week, should I offer less services? I am just trying to get business.

Bret's Lawn Care
06-02-2005, 05:39 PM
Youd have to average 3 lawns an hour at $20 a lawn but if you were to cut 28 $35 lawns at 2 every 1 1/2 hrs to make 1 grand

Bret's Lawn Care
06-02-2005, 05:41 PM
Yes you should focus on 1 area not 7 because if you specialize in something and do a great job at it youll recieve more accounts

Oscapes
06-02-2005, 05:47 PM
That would be the goal. It depends on how you look at.

20/ $50

25/ $40

34/ $30

40/ $25

I honest think that there are too many lawn mowing companies out there and not as many landscaping companys. Plus, the landscaping and hardscaping makes more money.

betterlawn
06-02-2005, 06:12 PM
I honest think that there are too many lawn mowing companies out there and not as many landscaping companys. Plus, the landscaping and hardscaping makes more money.

Bingo. That's because landscaping and hardscaping actually take skill. There is a reason 12 year olds are mowing lawns for $10. Its because they can do a pretty good job at it. A poorly mowed lawn might be ugly, but a poorly laid retainer wall can cost big $ in necessary repair, damage, drainage issues, etc.

Oscapes
06-02-2005, 06:17 PM
So do you think it would be a good idea getting a landscaping degree?

kc2006
06-02-2005, 06:24 PM
Theres always enough work out there for everyone, especially if your doing really nice work.

It will be much harder to get into full out landscaping work since theres alot more cost for all the different equipment. I personally hate doing landscaping, too much bs for me especially being solo now.

I average 50 an hour mowing right now with drive time to accounts (this is gross no expenses figured). If you have a tight route and price the jobs right you can do very well with mowing. I prefer the 35-40 dollar accounts, I do have a few that are 60-90 dollar accounts though so that helps, less drive time.

Jpocket
06-02-2005, 08:20 PM
You cant make $1000 a week working 20hours, and offering all those different services.