View Full Version : How many hours a day?

06-20-2008, 05:52 AM
OK its 5:45 and I should have walked out the door 5 minutes ago. Probably wont get home till 7PM, monday through thursday it is 8:30-9. After loosing all my employees and not being able to find a suitable replacement Ive been solo. So far it has saved me thousands, but at what cost. I work around 70 hours a week. I dont plan on doing this forever, but while I can, I want to pad the pocket a little. I see a lot of guys on here claiming 7 hour days like that is too much. Granted I have been doing these accounts a long time, and my efficiency is up in the high 90 percentile, but how many hours are you guys working each day or week? The way I see it I work like this in the summer, but dont have to get a second job in the winter so Im always home when my wife gets off work. Not trying to say anything, just curious how many else are in my boat or have been, etc. Have a good day!

David Haggerty
06-20-2008, 06:46 AM
Here in farm country there's a phrase that "You make hay when the sun shines."
I'm just starting to work fewer than sevn days a week. Though my hours aren't typically as long as yours. Usually around 8 hours per day.
Yesterday was a longer day, 12 hours laying mulch. I kidded my son saying we could have worked like people used to, from daylight till dark. Yesterday was about the longest day of the year, about 17 hours of daylight!

It's been a strange year. Even though it's been exceptionally wet, we've not had to work in the rain, except for a few sprinkles. It's been like if I have a breakdown it's been on a rain day. Or maybe I'm finally getting better at juggling schedules. I'm 61 and have been doing this for 30 years.

I work this hard so I can spend winters in Florida. People ask if I plow snow. I answer "NO! Heck No! The truth is I live south of the snow belt and it's just not profitable to try to plow snow here, I've seen too many people try it and fail.
I had a customer say he had to pay $8,000 last year for snow removal. Kind of hinting I should provide snow removal. Nope, not me. Last year three snows, this year there'll be none. I'm out of here in November. I'll give them a nice referral though. There's no shortage of people trying snow removal here.

06-20-2008, 06:49 AM
im not in your boat, but i just bought one! i often wonder if i lose my help how many hours id have to work. we average about 85-90 lawns a week. i used to work a full time job (with constant order ins) and still work full time doing my lawns so i can relate. im not quiet sure how i did it, i was a zombie, but i guess when push comes to shove we get the job done

the angler
06-20-2008, 07:01 AM
sometimes you just have to turn done work i work about 50 hours a week depending on jobs i get ...i dont take breaks or luch stops so the days go by pretty fast...i dont mind working 50 60 hours a week spring -fall if i dont work all winter

06-20-2008, 07:09 AM
Having winter off sucks though. I hate cold weather. The only way would be if you could go off to South Florida. I don't mind working long hours during the week but the weekends are for enjoying outdoor summer activities. Life is just to short to sacrifice fun in the sun:) Now, I do still spend a lot of time checking on LS and PS during the weekend.
Right now there is not much to cut here. So dry it's pathetic. I haven't cut many this week.

06-20-2008, 07:23 AM
We work from 8 to normaly no later than 2pm 5 days a week and cut 80 residentials. So for me its about 25 to 30 hours a week.

06-20-2008, 07:41 AM
Since mid March me and my one employee have been working Monday through Saturday 7-8 (sometimes a little earlier, sometimes later). We have one part time guy coming in once a week also and like 3 guys for bigger mulch jobs. We've worked through the heat, cold,and rain. That reminds me, I should start thinking about a raise or a bonus for my worker. I'm in the office and trying to relax on Sunday. I just cant keep up. We're finally getting close to evening out and slowing down a little bit. That is until leaf season. I started turning down work about a month ago, but it's hard to turn it down when you are trying to expand your company. Shovelracer- I feel your pain.

06-20-2008, 07:49 AM
I work 12to 14 hours during the week per day Sat - Sun usually 8 on those days.......

Fellers Im TIRED

06-20-2008, 08:51 AM
Yeah ...

Been there, done that.

I felt I lost a lot more than meets the eye in that compromise...
I didn't think the money was that much better.
I always felt like I had to work twice as hard for about 20% more actual income.
It's like, work 40 hours and take home $400, or work 80 and take home almost 5...
And I just got real tired of it.

Now I might work 4-6 hours a day, 4-5 days a week, if and when I feel like it.
The benefits in terms of less bending over backwards and less busting my tail for peanuts is worth it to me.

06-20-2008, 09:07 AM
Me Too. Went back solo this year. Usually am on lawns before 6:30 and not back to the shop (luckily its by my house) until 6:30/7:30 at night. was raining alot this spring and was working around 6 am to 8 at night and most of the weekends. Get in the house eat supper, see the kid to bed then back out to the shop to service. And its raining right now (thats why I am on here) so I guess I will be working all weekend again;)
I am going to be 40 this year, so I figure I got a few more years like this then I will start tapering back or go back to working with employees, just not sure yet.

06-20-2008, 10:02 AM
Im 43 and dont think I can keep up this pace much longer. Marref of fact, I may try TOPSITES method

06-20-2008, 10:08 AM
Depends on the day, usually I'll get up around 6, but today is an easy day with only a housing association to do and then 3 single families. I have always wondered this, since I have my equipment at home and do maintenance on it here, does that count as time worked? If so I'd be at around 50-60 hours a week, if not 40-50.


DA Quality Lawn & YS
06-20-2008, 10:31 AM
I am part time mowing but do landscaping as well to fill time.

Mowing only, I go 4-5 hours per day average or 25 hours per week. Still growing biz, 2nd year.

06-20-2008, 11:10 AM
I usually leave the house around 7 30 and get home by 4 or maybe later if I have errands to do. I only have about 45 accounts so its usually cutting 10-12 yards Tues - Friday. Mondays and Saturdays have been filled since beginning of year usually 8am to 2 or 3pm. I really like working 7 or 8 hour days while Im solo because they go by fast and Im not too tired to do stuff at night. This has been my busiest year yet and I dont know how in the world Im going to mow all these lawns and do all the stuff that comes with it once college kicks back up here in a few months:dizzy:

06-20-2008, 05:59 PM
From 7:30 to 4am or alike. And 4-5hrs solo on Saturdays so I average like 45hrs a week. No sense in killing myself or risking a divorce. I'll need to figure out how to get more efficient.

Work smarter not harder.

06-20-2008, 06:07 PM
7am to 5 or 5:30 or 6, or when ever it takes to get the job done. Fridays we start at 6:30 so we can get done a bit sooner. Dont really do a whole lot on sunday, try to fix a few things and get equipment ready for the week.

heather lawn sp
06-20-2008, 06:57 PM
We have an interesting gig during the frost-free months of the year. 2.25 hours each day, that it doesn't rain, watering hanging baskets on the city streets BUT the work must be completed by 7:00 am when traffic starts up for the day. So somedays the work day starts at 4:30 and may go to 7:00pm. but if it is windy or raining no watering and the sprayers are down too. so, a quiet day. usually averages out to about 60-65 a week.

06-20-2008, 08:50 PM
OK I dont feel so bad. One person mentioned turning down work. I wont do that unless it is something we dont do or I think I wont get paid. I always make the first return call right away, and meet within a day, but many wait 1-3 months for work. We (I) have a reputation of doing the job right and no questions return if there is a problem, but for that they must wait. If they want it today I dont want them as a customer. As far as the mowing goes I got rid of my lower accounts and all my accounts are money makers. On average Im 10-15% higher than my competitiors, but my customers know they get a better service. All said and done I work about 30 hours of labor more a week solo, but each and every minute is soothing. Compared to when I had bad workers when every minute was agonizing and frustrating. Friday is almost theriputic cause they are my rewarding, quality lawns. Anyways we had a lot of responses today, shouldnt you guys have been working. J/K