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mr mow
05-05-2006, 09:26 PM
No im talking about true part-timers that have a fulltime 40 hr a week job, same start finish time, mon-fri. how many accounts do you have

Mbsausage
05-05-2006, 09:57 PM
No im talking about true part-timers that have a fulltime 40 hr a week job, same start finish time, mon-fri. how many accounts do you have

I'M EMBARASSED TO SAY BUT, ONLY THREE! I HAVE A TON OF LANDSCAPE AND RENOVATION THOUGH

mphillips4739
05-05-2006, 09:59 PM
Only one account. It is a real estate company that specializes in bank foreclosures. I typically have 15 to 25 yards at any one time from them, depending on how they are selling. Right know I have 23 that I do every week. I also only mow on the week ends (if it rains then I am screwed).

bnorton
05-05-2006, 10:00 PM
I currently have 25 mowing accounts and do landscaping jobs also. I work my full time job anywhere from 48+ hours a week.

Toy2
05-05-2006, 10:00 PM
I have 15 accounts, 10 during the week, then 5 on Saturday...if it rains I'm screwed......get out at 4:30, come home, change, hook up and go mow...at my first mow at 5, done by 7:30...works for me so far.....it nice wanting to mow, not having to.....if anything big comes up, I call in sick...paid sick days always helps....

mr mow
05-05-2006, 10:08 PM
toy2 it sounds like me im an electrician and this is my first year on my own, i used to be third in charge of the largest lawn company in my area 60 guy just in lawn div. then became an electrician dont really care for it no satisfaction in the work and you get laid off quiet a bit, anyways like i said im starting my own this year and have 15 accnts, but the phone has been ringing off the hook i want the jobs but if i get called back to work im screwed, so i have been turning them down(id bet id be at 25 acct. by now). all have contracts

mr mow
05-05-2006, 11:03 PM
bump bump

ffemt1271
05-06-2006, 07:53 PM
i work 56 hrs a week and have 30 accounts, 7 which are commercial

mr mow
05-06-2006, 08:42 PM
deep south- are they all neighbors though. you do get about an hour more sun than we do in wisconsin(i know i grew up in dallas/ftworth area). how late do you mow till? you must be a work aholic 56hrs then your "baby" i assume?

mr mow
05-06-2006, 08:44 PM
maybe not quiet an hour but 45-50min atleast. just in case anyone wants to correct me

CHEVYCRAIG
05-06-2006, 08:56 PM
48 to 50 hr work week 2nd shift, every third weekend off. 7-10 full service mow,mulch, shrub trimming, fert. also do about 3 landscape jobs per year.

CWRSNY
05-06-2006, 10:27 PM
I work 50 hours a week overnight plus 8 accounts by day usually on mondays.

CWRSNY
05-06-2006, 10:28 PM
What type of equipment do you guys run?? Since its only part time?

Toy2
05-06-2006, 10:32 PM
mr Mow, I wish Texans knew what contracts were.....last year was full time....got hit with a drought in Sept......was screwed.....now I'm in the same boat as you///part time...turning customers away....severe weather last night...possible tornado hit parts of Waco......so get called into work today...10 hours comp time....will use next week to catch up on mowing....works great...

mike lane lawn care
05-06-2006, 10:58 PM
currenlt six, but five of them are several acres, but that's all that i can handle this year, next year i'll have my own truck and be able to do lots more.

mr mow
05-06-2006, 11:19 PM
i have a 1999 chevy 1/2 ton,6.5*12' trailer(w/side gate) great dane 52"(which im not using as much as i would like), great dane 36" wb(use on 65-70% of my properties) 21"craftsman push mower, stihl 110rx string trimmer, and bg55 stihl blower(handheld) and i am solo.

dtelawncare
05-06-2006, 11:32 PM
I work 45-50 hours weekly at regular job. I have 12 accounts. One account is 2 properties. One other account is 3 properties. A total of 16 properties. I run an 05 Tundra, 52" Exmark Lazer Z, 21" Snapper Easy Speed, a couple Stihl trimmers with several attatchments. Of course all the other hand tools.

leeslawncare
05-07-2006, 12:20 AM
I have been in this biz for 12 years now part time .Work a full time 6:30 Till 2:30 job for 19 years (you may think it is a career ) but it is just a job. It is sad to say... but the lawncare part time just about makes the money of the day job. i got 14 accounts with 2 comm. one of them are way!! good $$$$$ had it for like 8 years

CWRSNY
05-07-2006, 01:47 AM
I'm solo myself, only problem is on long island everyone has small 3' foot gates into there back yards so getting anything bigger then 21" mower is impossible. And we all know how long it takes to mow using a 21" mower...

mr mow
05-07-2006, 04:47 AM
3'=36" make money and buy a mower that fit barley(however its spelled)there is the 26" metro and i think there is a 32" made by quick. maybe its a 36" but look around i know u can do better than 21".................................................................................................... ..............BIGGER THE MOWER=MORE PRODUCTIVITY

mphillips4739
05-07-2006, 09:24 AM
Already answered the accounts questions earlier, but the equipment:
John Deere 717 Z 19/48"
Toro Walk-behind, Gear 44" SFS
Honda 21"
(2) Stihl FS 85 trimmers
stihl BR 4?? Backpack Blower
stihl hand held blower
stihl fs80 hedge trimmer
stihl 026 chainsaw
6.5x12 open trailer
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4
Main reason I started mowing was for an excuse to buy equip!

Budget
05-07-2006, 09:25 AM
I have 9 right now but had 10 a few days ago but they decided that they wanted the same cut but evrey two weeks for the same price. I just told them they should find another contractor and i was sorry that i didn't fit thier needs.. I did buy a new machine this year and i do enjoy cutting grass when all things go right. I also started doing mulching and edging this year and so far so good.

sundayrugger
05-07-2006, 09:53 AM
Yeah, I only have 4 accounts but when all goes right I knock them out in 4 hrs. I just got an old toro 44" belt drive and it has made all the difference. It will be paid off this week! I just found out I will be transfering with my real job so I will have to get new lawns. At least the lawns I have now will pay for the gas when I'm driving back to keep up my lawn untill the house sells.

Hacksquat
05-07-2006, 09:57 AM
I work 40 hours a week. I work a month of days, and then a month of swings. Days off rotate each month. I have 13 accounts, all residential. I had 17 last year, but cut back to 13. Last year was my first "full" year of mowing. Started in the middle of 2004 season. When I started out, I took every yard I could get. But, this year I cut my "problem" yards out.
I just mow grass. No landscaping. I know the money is in landscaping. But, I enjoy mow, weed trim, edge, blow, and go. I have a few customers that are every 10 days. But, most are every other week.

My equipment:
60" lazer z
36" metro hp w/b
21" snapper
fs 110 trimmer
br 420 blower
F250 with V10 <-----Gas Hog!
6.5X14 landscape trailer

mak2
05-07-2006, 10:10 AM
I work 40 hours per week in a hospital (12 hour shifts) and teach at a local college. This year I have 5 weekly accounts, about 10 fertilizer accounts, and have mowed about 2-3 other lawns per week for friends who are in Iraq or Afganistan, or on vacation or something. I did lose a large commercial account this spring for reasons out of my control. I have made so much more money mowing this year I am going to quit teaching. :clapping: I ahve a 60" Hustler Z and a Better. This is just fun but running the buisness part is much more fun than I expected. My goal this year is to pay off all equiptment (+_ $15K). Next year I will be able to mow 3 days per week and will advertise accordingly.:)

clallen03
05-07-2006, 11:47 AM
I work 40 hours a week and I have 18 accounts all are every two weeks. I mow half one week and the other half the next. One of my accounts is a real estate investor that give me a lot of on time jobs also. This is my first year so Im not able to turn down accounts because they only want their lawn cut every two weeks. I dont think I will even when I can get picky, I'll just charge accordingly.

I have one employee that is really good. He even teaches me alot while he is with me, I dont know what I'd do without him.

1993 Ford 150
36" Exmark Metro
FS80 Tirmmer
FC75 Edger
BR550 BP Blower
21 Craftsman Push Mower
6.5 x 12 Trailer
Lesco Broadcast Speader
4 gal Lesco Sprayer

MysticLandscape
05-07-2006, 01:01 PM
Lets see, I got to school 30 hrs a week. In the summer I work 40-50 Hrs at a golf course. Right now I have 42 accounts but growing everyday.... Equipment is below.

Matts Mowing
05-08-2006, 12:11 AM
I work front end of the week 12 hour shifts. I mow wed - fri and have 40 accounts all residential but 1 small commercial. I own a 2002 42" Bobcat ZTR, red max trimmers, Honda 21" commercial, Ford F250, Ryan Aerator, Bluebird Power Rake, etc...

MOW ED
05-08-2006, 06:23 AM
The question is not how many customers its how much work. I also work 56hrs plus OT a week. I mow about 6 acres combined of my 21 customers. It takes longer in the spring with the heavy growth, about 14 hours or so per week. I spread it out over 2 days so it isn't bad. That time goes down to 10-12 hrs total in the summer. Less in the drought but I have some customers with sprinklers. I also have 50 fert/spray customers that add to about 650,000 sq ft of apps over the year. There are also the vacation mows, mulch jobs, aerations, fall leaves ect. I don't really call it part time.
I have it figured out pretty well after 11 years and I always have been able to do whatever comes up like soccer games and travel with my wife and 3 girls.

Brendan Smith
05-08-2006, 09:36 AM
i mow about 20 yards a week, plus some occasional overrun that a friend has, work anywhere from 50-55 hrs a week at my full time job. red bull and caffiene pills are my friends ;)

K c m
05-08-2006, 10:33 AM
Hay. Um When i was full time I had about 75 accounts (give or take 10-15/week) I droped it down to 30 of my best customers and am not getting any larger. This is because I have decided to join the union with my dad.

Blessed 1
05-08-2006, 11:00 AM
Work 7:30-5:00 pm Mon -Sat and have 30 props specializing in large props 1-9 acres. I work 6 days a week from 5 till dark to accomplish this task. Hey I work hard so I can play hard.........Its a Big Boy Game!

spcfoor
05-08-2006, 11:18 AM
I have 24 fert & squirt customers. Also have 18 mowing customers. I work 8-5 Mon thru Fri. Start mowing as soon as I leave work and get home about 8:30. That is usually around 3 to 4 props a night. I really need to work on getting my route tighter.

Mowerboy04
05-08-2006, 12:35 PM
i have 36 lawns i go to school from 7:00- 2:00 then after school i cut till it gets dark. but i normaly only cut on wensdays and thursdays. and the equipment i run is in my signature.
don't mind my bad spelling
alex

dnelmo
05-08-2006, 12:50 PM
Currently I have 15 accounts and I anticipate 5 - 10 more this year. I work 40 - 50 hours per week as a database administrator. My five-year plan is to retire and do mowing/landscaping full time.

I started picking up mowing customers so my teenage sons (now 17 and 13) could learn to work and hopefully learn something about running a business.

I end up helping them because I enjoy my time with them, being outdoors and the contact with homeowners.

dnelmo

jamread_4
05-08-2006, 01:00 PM
I work from 6am- 2pm, 40+hrs a week, go home, load up and mow 3 yards a day and some landscaping. I have about 15 yards, half are acre lots. I am working on getting more though. Busy, Busy!

NNJLandman
05-08-2006, 02:04 PM
I have 18 accounts plus some installs and renovation jobs that im always doing, pretty busy right now, buying another mower and probably end up going full time because ive been doing so well this year.

Jeff

Flex-Deck
05-08-2006, 07:58 PM
My wife and I mow 100 acres a week part time. Two JD garden tractors - 595 & 495 - We do that in 16 hrs. per tractor mowing time. - 32 hrs. total. I do have some windshield time, but I charge accordingly.

Tri Village Lc
05-08-2006, 11:25 PM
I work third shift with sunday and monday off. I mow 34 accounts a week. One decent size condo complex 5 commercial property's the rest residential. I have 52'' Lazer hp / 52'' turf tracer hydro / 36'' metro / 21'' honda / 16ft trailer / 2 kawasaki 2 echo trimmers / 1 echo 3 sthil blowers/ 1 billy goat tailgate loader / 1 billy goat 8hp wheel blower. 2004 f-250 super cab 4x 4 w/ sno-way plow and tailgate spreader. And yes I used to do this full-time for 10 yrs. I learned you make alot more money having a steady paycheck 52 weeks of the year.

stevo22
05-08-2006, 11:55 PM
I work third shift with sunday and monday off. I mow 34 accounts a week. One decent size condo complex 5 commercial property's the rest residential. I have 52'' Lazer hp / 52'' turf tracer hydro / 36'' metro / 21'' honda / 16ft trailer / 2 kawasaki 2 echo trimmers / 1 echo 3 sthil blowers/ 1 billy goat tailgate loader / 1 billy goat 8hp wheel blower. 2004 f-250 super cab 4x 4 w/ sno-way plow and tailgate spreader. And yes I used to do this full-time for 10 yrs. I learned you make alot more money having a steady paycheck 52 weeks of the year.
i also work third shift, m-fr, about 30-35hrs week...i am exempt so i get paid the same whether i work 30 or 60...so i choose 30:) ...i have 24..3 commercial and 21 residentials...i mostly cut but also do shrub trimming, muulch, and smaller landscaping to fill up the week...60/27 super z, gravely prosteer 36, redmax & stihl 2 cycle stuff, 16 foot landscape trailer and 04 f150 fx4..

JTAYLORLAWN
05-09-2006, 08:21 AM
I work a swing shift at a steel mill, 48 one week 60 the next. I have 42 residential and 1 commercial. I have epople blowing up my phone but cant take on the work. This is my third year im trying to stick out the steel mill until i get all the equipment i need then if things are still going as well as now I'll mow full time. I am buying everything straight out as i save the money. I would have already started mowing full time but my wife doesnt qualify it as work:hammerhead: I guess she will learn soon enough!

hartmas
05-09-2006, 09:19 AM
I work 40 hrs/week and have 45 accounts.

soccer911
05-09-2006, 09:22 AM
I work 40 hr per week at my job. I mow part time. I have 25 accounts, most of them are now on contracts for full service. I run 1-32" exmark 19hp walk behind, 1-21" snapper high lift commercial. Edger, trimmer, blower, hedge trimmer, pole saw (all echo). I hope to be adding another 32" or 36" hydro walk behind and another 1 or 2 snapper's or Toro's and another set of hand equipment. I would like to add 1 full-time employee by next season so I can add another 60 accounts. I turn more business away than I care to. Need more time!

Kevin

skurkp
05-09-2006, 10:58 AM
I work 6:00 - 4:45 Monday thru Thursday and have five large commercial accounts and 5 residential accounts. I am solo and it really sucks when it rains. I do irrigation installs and offer full service for all of my customers. Landscape installs make good money so I try to fit those in as well. My plan is to leave the company I work for and do this full time. I would like to hire employees and have several crews. I am making more with my company than I do at my full time job.Although both are full time and it is as with the rest of you guys, work ,work, work.

nobagger
05-09-2006, 12:50 PM
Well over 40 plus just in weekly mowing and probably another 15 in landscapes and maintenance. Enough to keep me busy, next year its time to find a foreman to run my crew.

grassrootsinab
05-09-2006, 01:36 PM
I have about 40 weekly accounts. I teach full time so May and June are brutal hours but the summer is kind of nice...can't holiday all summer :)

Run a 38" Deere WB and 2- 21" Deere push, Stihl and Echo trimmers, a 6 x12 enclosed trailer and chevy pick up.

I had to hire an employee to keep up!!

bwilder10h
05-10-2006, 09:25 AM
Fulltime network administrator and have 1 commercial and about five every week residentials. Last year I was my first year and I killed myself trying to take every job I could get. This year, I dropped a lot of the problematic residentials and life is better, but the $ is less.

Part of my problem is I also tried to do snow removal and $5000 worth of equipment sat in the garage all winter due to no snow. This summer I'm working to pay that off and hopefully next year will be a different story...

bwilder10h
05-10-2006, 09:26 AM
Also wanted to add... I don't see how you guys that work third shift function doing that many yards per week. I'd be one hateful character if I didn't sleep 8 hours a night...

scott's turf
05-10-2006, 11:08 AM
I work FT as an engineer and have an employee that works full time for me taking care of about 30 accounts and landscaping jobs. I usually work on Saturdays through May and then don't have to do much of any labor for the rest of the year. It has been challenging finding good help over the years but this year things are going really well. I am so busy in April doing estimates every night I can't imagine trying to get the work done on top of that. Anyone else in a similar situation?

wdbritt
05-31-2006, 12:43 AM
I'm a fulltime firefighter.I work 24 hours on then have 48 hours off. This gives me 3 to 4 days off during the week. I have 16 accounts of which 10 are every week, 3 are every other week and the remaining 3 are as needed. My 15 year old son helps me when he's out of school(not that I need the help, he needs the money).

91 Ford Ranger pickup
4x8 Custombuilt fully enclosed trailer
Husqvarna 21" push mower
Echo stick edger
Homelite string trimmer
MTD handheld blower
Trimmer 20" reel mower
Ryobi gas hedge trimmer

mr mow
05-31-2006, 01:13 AM
you know i ask the question and maybe i should have solo part-timers im not going back and looking but i just dont believe 50 accounts could be mowed by one person including trim and blow in 6 days unless you live somewhere like texas or cali where it doesnt rain that much those place you could mow 7 days a week. you gotta have a rain day. i mow in the rain but it takes longer and you need a day to catch up.maybe 7x5=35 and 15 on sat. i could possibly see that as bad buisness if your not servicing them properly. imo

emil35
05-31-2006, 03:26 AM
I just graduated from highschool and currently service 15 accounts (5 commercials and 10 residentials). I do some other services during the summer (landscaping, mulching, sprinklers, etc.) I know it's not a whole lot but it's allowed me to work for myself, make alot more than all my friends, buy my own truck and equipment, and will help me pay my way through college. It's also taught me many life lessons and business lessons you can't learn anywhere else. Last year I tried getting big and took on a school district (150 acres+ per week) I had a crew and guys out 6 days a week. Learned that you cant run a business depending on one account and decided to get smart and rethink things. I'm going back to grow slow, go to college and see what happens. Might buy into or outright buy another local group this year, but we'll see. My question is how much are all the true "part timers" making from their lawn/landscape business alone?? I'm making about $500-750/week. Whats everyone else doing? Thanks!

sda1416
05-31-2006, 09:32 AM
I work 12hr. swing shifts @ Michelin Tire corp. in Greenville, so I have many days off each week. I have 6 contracts each week, my mother is a real estate agent so I usually have lots of pick-up jobs. I use a Toro z-master 23/52, redmax 8000 blower,an echo hand held equipment.

jarroo's lawncare
05-31-2006, 03:25 PM
i have about 20 regulars during the week, then i have relatives in the real estate business, so it can go anywhere to 30 in a week. when it rains i am in trouble it is either do everything i missed cause of the rain on saturday or get up really early on sunday and do it before church. i also work 40 hrs a week.

Flex-Deck
05-31-2006, 07:22 PM
I have $58,000 worth of accounts. Number of accounts means nothing. Why would you even ask. There is a terrible difference between one commercial at $500 per mow, and 10 Residentials with windshield time at 50 per mow.

mr mow
05-31-2006, 10:25 PM
i guess i'll apologize for most of us then for BEING SO ------- STUPID!

Boonman
06-01-2006, 06:11 PM
I log about 45 hours/week at the full time gig. In my business, I currently have 28 accounts. I do several installs, cleanups, whatever is needed. I do some tree jobs, lot clearing, other things as well. I am a one man band. On installs, my wife helps. Other than that, it is just me. Oh, and one of my accounts is a Real estate agency which hands me 5-10 lots at a whack. They aren't full season however, they get sold, of course, and there are new ones to replace them. So, it gets tough wen the route is established, and then their addreses change. It's worth it though. They bring some good $$ for me. It all works... Except when you have equipment failures.

shortgut
06-01-2006, 11:20 PM
27 for me , 1 is a city mucliplity which is road right of ways, 3 park areas , water work property another is a contract for the local school district I have 3 of the 5 school campuses .My full time job is a school bus driver

JCee
06-02-2006, 01:08 AM
This is a real hard business to make any real money at.....part time anyway. You just cant mow lawns fast enough to make the money, and your fixed costs arent spread out like the full timers. I'm realizing that it may be time to fold it up....I have 33 accounts (most priced right barring few). I work 2nd shift 3-11pm and work before cutting grass everyday I can...pretty much 7a-2p. 6hrs a day dont cut it... I'm thinking about dropping the mowing and possibly getting into hedges only. Total startup would be max 2,000 and I get an easy 60/hr doing them. Starting to rethink this mowing stuff....bah humbug

pgiambat
06-02-2006, 09:25 AM
With a fulltime day job (Software Dev Eng.) the whole time and a wife that JUST went back to work last fall (part time), I have 20 accounts. I get in early and leave at 3:00 - 3:30, hook up and go cut. Been doing it for 6 years. Started out with a 21" in the back of a Toyota Hatchback, now still owner/op with a F150, 12' Trailer, 36" Scag Belt WB, 52" SCAG Hydro and some good tunes.

scottp
06-02-2006, 10:20 AM
I just started out this year part-time. I work a fulltime job - 40-45 hrs/week. I have one customer w/ a number of properties. They have a boulevard (median) that needs to be cut - 1/2 hour job. They have a property that I cut every other week - 1/2 hour job. They have an 8 acre property that I cut once a week. They also have a 2 1/2 acre property that I cut once a week and a 1-acre property I cut once a week. They also have a few other properties that I'll be looking at next week. All in all - they keep me busy 12-15 hours/week. I bought a Gravely 260Z, Stihl trimmer, Stihl edger, Stihl backpack blower, and I have a Poulan Pro 21" pushmower. 75"x10' trailer and a 2000 Chev Silverado Z71. And of course, looking for more work.

Ramairfreak98ss
06-02-2006, 11:20 AM
well i fall in the also have a 40hr week job but i have average this season of 28-35 weekly/bi-weekly.

MOturkey
06-02-2006, 07:13 PM
My regular job runs around 50 hours a week. I have 8 regular weekly accounts, plus I do work for a fellow when he is out of town, that has a home and 2 commercial properties. My regular accounts take approximately 10 hours a week. I mow only, no landscaping, with no plans to expand into that arena.

I'm 55 and am eligible for retirement in 2 years, and hope to at least double the number of accounts by that time.

bntt68
06-02-2006, 08:47 PM
20 . Doing turf applications too. Got my license this year.

alot2lurn
07-15-2006, 11:57 PM
I work 40+ hrs. a week for a municipality,8 hrs. a week testing water and wastewater and have 7 mowing/landscaping accounts I do spread over a two week period.My wife and I just had our first child ( a little girl).My wife's an RN but she's been off since Mar. 17 when our daughter was born.The much needed supplemental income was why I started mowing/landscaping.