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fentonlawncare
01-31-2013, 02:54 AM
I know many of us are in different stages in our companies, I'm curious how many customers each of you hope to have at the beginning of our next mowing season.

hi_speedreed
01-31-2013, 03:13 AM
I want to stay at the same level I was at last year. I lost 3 over the winter do to moving out of state. I hope to replace those 3. If I can pick up neighbors of current accounts I will consider it but I am not adding seat time to pick up single accounts.

jsslawncare
01-31-2013, 07:51 AM
I don't want anymore and may get rid of some.

jrs.landscaping
01-31-2013, 07:53 AM
I hope to hit 15 this year. :weightlifter:

LandFakers
01-31-2013, 07:54 AM
I'm only at about 45 accounts, I'd really like to add 10 if not 15 more to the number. I'm only working 4 days as it is. I'll gladly work 6

bobbycat02
01-31-2013, 09:10 AM
we just bought out our 3 rd company 2010 took on 22 by years end kept about 16. 2 of them out or our service area 1 said yes then a month or two later left then another 3 left shortly after that.2011 got 12 more then by years end had only 6 left,End of 2012 got 28 more 12 were clean ups did them 1 left 2 one i let go because son in law made us come back after two weeks for a redo i always take pictures after clean ups long story pita.then showed up for clean up another landscaper was doing them( this guy was my iragiation guy,He took 2 accounts from me after i got him service job 2011 and now last year 2012 another one he's done,3 rd one theirs a local friend stating out landscaping we will go with him i will call if things go bad with them no thanks that was all with verbal conformations i called 2 weeks ahead before starting 2012 clean ups,o well i will sending out my contracts in mid Feb We will see how many are left come the end 2013. We usally pay 50 to 100 dollars per lead thats all their worth IM THE ONE TAKING THE RISK but in the long run we do get some good customers the bad ones never hang around long anyways we always do exit call back to see what the problem was us them or whatever its a good tool it makes you better a what you do never take it personal its just business i ve been in it for 19 yrs would'nt want to do anything else:usflag:

bobbycat02
01-31-2013, 09:29 AM
Back to original question i think 100 is good were at about 80 now with a 3 man crew and one part time any more than that would be not worth it in the long run trying to hold down cost keep profits up a daily struggle when totally self employed:usflag:

THORNTON SERVICES LLC
01-31-2013, 09:40 AM
I would like to pick up an additional 10 accounts or so depending on size , we currently hover around 50 clients with some clients having multiple lawns and services. Every year we drop a couple clients 1 or 2 will move , die etc. so this year we will probally lose around 5 clients all small , except for one , so I would be very happy to pick up 10 GOOD clients , the more commercial clients the better.

Jimslawncareservice
01-31-2013, 10:33 AM
Be nice to add 100, but realistically 10. Depending on how much advertising I do and if I pass my applicators exam.
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KrayzKajun
01-31-2013, 11:04 AM
Im hoping to add 20 weekly accnts. Three batches of postcards went out yesterday/today. Landed a new accnt monday. So 19 to go. Lol. But ill take as many as i can to build a solid mowing schedule.
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Florida Gardener
01-31-2013, 12:28 PM
I'm hoping to add on 7-10 full service or gardening only accounts. My goal is that they will be 300-2K per month. I'm also going to push for lawn renovations as I just bought a verticutter and Topdresser. Aerator is next on the list.
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prezek
01-31-2013, 03:19 PM
Finished last year at about 190. Hope to add 50 or so.

Curcioslawn
01-31-2013, 03:35 PM
I'd like to keep around 50. Where I am in New Jersey were in upscale communities so 50 leaves time for hard scape jobs and those dreaded rain days without getting backed up
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mowerbrad
01-31-2013, 03:46 PM
I'm hoping to lose a couple this year. I'd like to free up my schedule a little bit so I'm not so stressed and have a few more days off. I'd like to get all my mowing done in one day this year, so I'm hoping that works out for me.

Blades Lawn Maintenance
01-31-2013, 04:10 PM
Hopefully 10-15

zechstoker
01-31-2013, 04:20 PM
I've got room in my schedule to add maybe 10 more mowing accounts. Although there might be room for more than that if we "flush the turds". Personally, I'd rather pick up more accounts that are strictly weed control and fertilizing.

KrayzKajun
01-31-2013, 04:58 PM
My true goal for this year is three full days of mowing, between 65-75yds. And schedule atleast one landscape or irrigation install per week.
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TheGoat
01-31-2013, 05:09 PM
The goal this year is 30 new accounts. 4 in the last two weeks so far so things are looking good.

nnusskern
01-31-2013, 05:14 PM
I endes last season with 5 who are returning this year. I have another 4 already for this year. I am hoping to have 15 for start of season so I want to pick up another 6 lawns.
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ygim
01-31-2013, 05:18 PM
I would love to pick up at least 25 more customers this season. Hope it is a good one for all of us.

nylesedwards
01-31-2013, 05:32 PM
last season i did about 15 per week and this season i want to have at least 30 weekly.

nightshutter
02-01-2013, 12:05 PM
I'd like to pick up 20-30 good mowing accounts. An additional 5 full service. Really want to expand spraying accounts.

hackitdown
02-04-2013, 07:41 AM
I would like to add about $500 in new weekly mowing business. Some customers drop off the list, so the $500 would be net.

H & M Yard Improvements
02-04-2013, 07:52 AM
In hoping to retain as many customers from last season as possible and at the same time land an additional 10-20 clients! Keeping my fingers crossed!
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CreativeLawncareSolutions
02-04-2013, 08:24 AM
If I don't slack off with getting out my advertisements I expect to add between 7-10 weekly customers.

I also expect to land about 10 mulching only jobs.

I would be thrilled with this result.

jsslawncare
02-04-2013, 08:43 AM
Back to original question i think 100 is good were at about 80 now with a 3 man crew and one part time any more than that would be not worth it in the long run trying to hold down cost keep profits up a daily struggle when totally self employed:usflag:

Looking at your other post, how is your customer service? You seem to me to be losing too many customer's. Also it seem's to me that 80 account's are not near enough for your crew size. I'm solo, work 4 1/2 day week and I do around 70. Some weekly. Some ETW. I'm happy where I'm at and I'm thinking about a 3 day work week for 2013.

jequigle
02-04-2013, 10:20 AM
Hoping to add at least 30 accounts.. I am about to send out 10,000 postcards the end of this month...