05-27-2009, 12:42 AM
This maybe an extremely odd idea but here it goes. I have a brother in law who cuts grass after his day job (most days). I run a Tax Prep Office so I have lots of free time from May until Nov each year. I want to cut grass during the day to make a little extra cash (and stop spending, idle hands-devils playground, etc). Since, my b-i-l doesn't want to commit to yards he can't fit into his evening, he is opposed to hiring day help (for when he is working his 9-5) to cut. I realize that helping out in the evening can mean only a small increase in his profits if I am to be paid a decent wage. So I thought, what if, I start my own lawn care business. I secure my own insurance, license, etc. I lease his equipment on a daily basis for a percent of my gross. If I make the contact with the customer, then all he gets is this daily % of gross. If he refers me to a job (he bids it out at a price I agree to, but then subcontracts it to me) he gets an additional percentage. Now for the hard part, what should these percentages be? Be honest, if there is no way in he!! that you would consider this say so. I'm thinking around 30-35% lease percentage of gross and 10-15% percentage added for those he subcontracts to me. Would this be fair? Keep in mind, that his equipment is currently idle during the day and any money above the increase in maintenance costs/ wear and tear is pure profit. If I can gross $300 per day (6 $50 yards) for 5 days per week, that's $1500. His cut would be $450-$525 at my numbers. After 5 months of 4 weeks per month, that's $9000-$10500. More than enough to maintain his Ferris ZTR, Exmark push mower, blowers, and trimmers. Any thoughts, suggestions, comments, etc?