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next12mj
09-27-2007, 02:37 PM
What was everybodys income for their first year.

My goal is around 500-600

Is this out of reach ?

lawnpro724
09-27-2007, 04:43 PM
My first year income back in 1990 was around $300-$400 wk with not much advertising except for some flyers I put around in neighborhoods in the area where I lived. Business grew like crazy in the 3rd year and income rose to around $3000 wk with a lot of advertising in paper, yellow pages, company shirts, lettering for truck and so on. You need to advertise a lot at first then word of mouth starts working with customers giving you lots of references.

tjsquickcuts
09-27-2007, 05:37 PM
Thats really easy to make....If you do 3 lawns a day @ $35 bucks thats $105 per day, and about $525 a week. Those were the good ole day....would work from 12 to about 4 everyday. Now, $525 barely pays for one of my guys for the week....

Daddy Joes Lawn Service
09-27-2007, 06:28 PM
2,500 was my frist year.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
09-27-2007, 06:45 PM
This is a great thread...I am almost at the end of my first season. Income looking to be $2K-$2,500. Ran ads in several local papers, spring and fall. Still too part time for me, am looking to ramp up for 2008 with a more intense marketing campaign. Too new a business for word of mouth, but that will come.

G.M.Landscaping
09-27-2007, 06:52 PM
This is a great thread...I am almost at the end of my first season. Income looking to be $2K-$2,500. Ran ads in several local papers, spring and fall. Still too part time for me, am looking to ramp up for 2008 with a more intense marketing campaign. Too new a business for word of mouth, but that will come.

So if your signature is correct, your making 2-$2500 a week using a 21"? Hmmm

DA Quality Lawn & YS
09-27-2007, 06:57 PM
G.M. - sorry about that, figure is annual.

matrix77
09-27-2007, 07:04 PM
G.M. - sorry about that, figure is annual.I hope this is not your main job...:weightlifter: :dancing: :sleeping:

tjsquickcuts
09-27-2007, 09:28 PM
he meant monthly I am sure....

stevenf
09-28-2007, 12:33 AM
I started around May of this year. I was at about $950.00 a month from my 10-12 accounts. I also worked for another landscape company and a furniture refinishing place. My main goals for 2008 is to pull in enough to not juggle three jobs. I only passed out 250ish flyers for my lawns. Next season Im going with paper ads and 3k flyers. This stuff gets REALLY old when you use a trimmer that bogs down in grass and a rider that goes -2mphs :rolleyes:

topsites
09-28-2007, 12:56 AM
It varied, if I remember correctly my 1st year might've went from 2-400 to maybe 6-700 a week.
What I do remember is for the entire year I grossed 10k, net 6.
And I declared no taxes and when the IRS asked about it I told them the truth and they forgave me, that year only. :laugh:

hackitdown
09-28-2007, 05:41 PM
First year I was up to 8 lawns, so I billed maybe $375/wk. Second year climbed up to 32 lawns, offered many other services, and was billing around $1500 to 1700 per week, netting maybe $1000 to $1300 by the end of the season.

irocz106
09-30-2007, 07:07 PM
I started out with Lawn Care as my second job, picked up 2 small one for 75/week combined, then got a call about a large property. 450/week. Takes me 4.5 hours with the ZTR i rent. Do all 3 in one day, takes about 6.5 hours with 1.5hrs travel time.

Income - 525
Rental - 120
Gas - 30
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Net = 375/6hrs



It works nice for me. Only do them every 10-14 days now, but i had a summer of doing whatever i wanted. Next year i will save some of teh money, and not blow it all on beer and hookers...haha j/k

LawnNeedz
09-30-2007, 07:17 PM
This is my first year mowing and I am making around $1500 a week. I went pretty aggresive with my advertising but am hoping to cut back some next year.

Crusis
09-30-2007, 07:20 PM
480 a month to rent a ZTR? Why not just buy one on credit? Even if you just used it 6 months a year you probably wouldn't have a $240 a month payment, so you'd be ahead.

I'm just getting started (actually my wife is and she's dragging me along), but renting seems like money down the drain.

I don't mean to step on toes, of course, if there is a good reason to rent instead of finance I'd love to know it.

GroundForce007
10-02-2007, 01:01 AM
G.M. - sorry about that, figure is annual.

are you talking about 2500 a year for mowing what you do mow 2 yards a week
:hammerhead:

RegalLawnCare.Com
10-02-2007, 04:12 AM
Our first year was last year, and we averaged right around $750 per/week doing 20-25 lawns per week, with me mowing. This year, I have 2 crew/s running and we are doing about $2500 per/week on average, about 70 lawns per week. Right now, we are doing around $3500 per/week. Next year hoping to have that up to around 5K per/week :)

DA Quality Lawn & YS
10-02-2007, 01:58 PM
GroundForce - you are right on, I have two accounts that I mow per week right now. Obviously very, very part time, and I am looking to market aggresively for 2008 for additional business. Everyone has their own business goals (both full timers and part timers) that they desire to achieve, I don't have any shame in being honest about what I am doing, but what I do I do well.

matrix77
10-02-2007, 02:07 PM
...Everyone has their own business goals (both full timers and part timers) that they desire to achieve, I don't have any shame in being honest about what I am doing, but what I do I do well.Right on... positive thinking. Everybody has to start from somewhere. I'm not in this profession... always want to do a part-time job to start with. Just in case my job is heading south. But have no time and energy to do. Maybe one day...:cool2:

Sound like mowing lawn and do landscaping make lot of $$$... no worry about unemployment.

Team-Green L&L
10-02-2007, 02:15 PM
Annual Revenue NET:

Mowing

Year 1: $14000
Year 2: $22000
Year 3: $48000
Year 4: $67000
Year 5: $89000
This year: $58000 (48% down from last year)

Des./Build:

Year 1: $5000
Year 2: $17000
Year 3: $34000
Year 4: $68000
Year 5: $95000
Year 6: TBD approx. $115000

This is a recurring overhead NET, not actual. When you take equipment costs into consideration (purchasing equipment is not overhead because of the "asset variable"), which states that the purchase of real property increases NET worth and may increase or decrease your overhead costing depending on the purchase price, time in operation, and productivity costs.

matrix77
10-02-2007, 02:19 PM
Wow... great job Andrew!..... I think I better change my career. hmmm.. I think I'm too old for it. :-)

Team-Green L&L
10-02-2007, 02:26 PM
Thank you Matrix, but I consider it unsuccessful in respect to where I had my goals set. With as much advertising we do and being in our 6th year in operations I feel we should be closing on the $1 Mill. gross and we are still 3 years away from that. Successful? Maybe compared to a guy and a mower (which is where we started), but not for an incorporated business in it's 6th season.

matrix77
10-02-2007, 02:36 PM
Andrew,

Businesses can be up and down. Positive attitudes and thinkings will make your dream come true.

To me, to be a successful person, follow the formula below:

Successful person = 20% of your brain + 20% of your heart + 60% of hard working

I might be wrong... :hammerhead: :hammerhead:

Team-Green L&L
10-02-2007, 02:39 PM
I need some of that "Optomistic Fuel" that you've been drinking. I am satisfied that my bills are paid, but I want more bills, oops I meant money. Same difference!

Now you can have your thread back sir.