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twins_lawn_care
01-16-2004, 02:39 PM
Hey everyone.
Just to get an idea on where a lot of people are at, and where they plan to go, just wanted to see what everyoe grossed last year, and where they hoped to be at the end of 2004.

Here's ours, small, but moving on up!
Currently working 1 day a week on LCO.

2003 gross $3100
2004 gross goal $5000

Thanks for the input :cool2:

Quality Lawn Care
01-16-2004, 02:45 PM
Gross 2003 $5.00

Gross 2004 $5.50

rodfather
01-16-2004, 02:46 PM
All I'm gonna say is our biz did mowing alone of 6 figures last year...and I am not saying high or low 6's either. Think you will have a hard time getting a lot of people to reply to this one IMO.

LAWNS AND MOWER
01-16-2004, 02:48 PM
Originally posted by twins_lawn_care
Hey everyone.
Just to get an idea on where a lot of people are at, and where they plan to go, just wanted to see what everyoe grossed last year, and where they hoped to be at the end of 2004.

Here's ours, small, but moving on up!
Currently working 1 day a week on LCO.

2003 gross $3100
2004 gross goal $5000

Thanks for the input :cool2: Per year or is that per week???? I was down 8% in 2003 vs. 2002. This was due to a freak snowstorm in April, and too many rain outs. I've already landed some large accounts for 2004, so I should be up by 10% over 2002's gross.

tiedeman
01-16-2004, 02:52 PM
I agree with ya on this one Rodfather, hard time indeed.

All I will say is that we grossed 173% more than last year.

Jroctx
01-16-2004, 02:53 PM
Inquiring upon percentage of growth increase forecasted versus actual dollars is a more appropriate request.

Our goal was to gain 1/2 of a percentage of our potential target market in '03, and 2% for '04.

twins_lawn_care
01-16-2004, 03:25 PM
didn't mean to pry guys, just curious on what everyone kind of grew in their first few years.

Like went from:

1st year - start
2nd year - up 40%
3rd year - up 20%
4th year - up 10%
5th year - up 5 %

ok, so you can choose how to respond, but mainly just curious on how everyone planned to grow, a little at a time, or WHAM! all at once.

Thanks everyone, just trying to pass the time until the weather warms up!

Avery
01-16-2004, 03:38 PM
Not gonna post any income numbers, but we have grown over 50% the last three years running. Looks like the trend is going to continue this year.

olderthandirt
01-16-2004, 03:42 PM
He!! i gotta sell a kidney just so I can start to work, and that was a good yr.



Mac

bobbygedd
01-16-2004, 06:01 PM
what did u have to sell the year before?

rtyus
01-16-2004, 06:38 PM
The second year more than doubled the first year, third year more than doubled the second and last year up about 50% over
the third year.

o-so-n-so
01-16-2004, 06:56 PM
1. Did you claim the kidney as income?

2. Solely based on your user name, who in their right mind would buy an ole wore out kidney? Sure you didn't lose it in a card game?


My gross in 2003 was 1000 and some change over my goal and I set high goals for a one man show. (with seasonal help)

bobbygedd
01-16-2004, 06:58 PM
that's funny. "did u lose it in a card game". well, mac, when you wake up from your nap, we want an answer

DennisF
01-16-2004, 07:08 PM
2003: not enough
2004: a lot more than 2003

mtdman
01-16-2004, 07:15 PM
Personally, I made more in 2003 than ever before. That's because my partner quit and I got more of the profits myself. But in terms of total revenue, I made less than 2002. But I also went from doing 110 customers a week to 75-80 a week myself. But, I got to keep more, so I'm good. Of course, my goals are always to make more $$.

:D

Hoopsfan
01-16-2004, 07:18 PM
I started out in this business with nothing.......and I have most of it left!

olderthandirt
01-16-2004, 07:30 PM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
that's funny. "did u lose it in a card game". well, mac, when you wake up from your nap, we want an answer

How did you know it was nap time? Who would want an ol almost wore out kidney ?some one with a completely wore out ol kidney. No did not clain it as income but did depreciate it down some and claimed a loss. And the yr before, well bobby if any of the woman in your family had to visit a sperm bank we might be related. LOL

Mac:D

Ryan Lightning
01-16-2004, 07:35 PM
I will atleast double what I made last year. :) Thats the plan.

ProMo
01-16-2004, 09:29 PM
your supposed to get paid for this stuff?

sildoc
01-16-2004, 10:25 PM
I am hoping for at least a 1000% increase over 2003. If not well then I will pretend and call it a loss. Well I will lose her If I don't make some money sometime.
Hey wait never mind I plan on making 200% Less than 2003.

HOMER
01-16-2004, 11:04 PM
More than last year but don't ask me where it is cause I can't tell ya.

J & J Mowing
01-17-2004, 12:10 AM
Twins,
If you cut 4 yards one day a week for 25.00 each for 30 weeks
you have your gross of 3100.00
The part timers I know cut 20-30 a week
I hope this helps.
:blob3:

lawnwizards
01-17-2004, 12:41 AM
i'd say that the 2) reasons no one on here will tell what they make are 1) they don't really make as much as they would like you to think they do or, 2) they're afraid the government may be reading this and see how much they really make when they only claim squat for their taxes. just my 2 cents. let the bashing begin...*L*

lawnman_scott
01-17-2004, 01:04 AM
next year i will gross $250,000

Avery
01-17-2004, 01:20 AM
Originally posted by lawnwizards
i'd say that the 2) reasons no one on here will tell what they make are 1) they don't really make as much as they would like you to think they do or, 2) they're afraid the government may be reading this and see how much they really make when they only claim squat for their taxes. just my 2 cents. let the bashing begin...*L*

Or 3) they would post it and have people not believe them. :D

lawnwizards
01-17-2004, 01:25 AM
avery, i believe that you are a big company. did you start from scratch like most of us? i want someone to tell me that there is big money in this business. did you have any struggles and want to give it up? everyone knows you are a big company but i don't think anyone knows what you did to become a big company. i'm curious as how you started and such. your reply would be greatly appreciated.

sincerely,
lawn wizards

Royalslover
01-17-2004, 02:01 AM
I personally don't see the big stink about telling how much we make. Believe me, I pay my fair share( and several other people's fair share) of taxes. I mow by myself(have for 16 years) and I did $80,000 worth of mowing in '03. I would like to know what some of you other single operators do in a year.

lawnwizards
01-17-2004, 02:05 AM
royalslover,

i did about 10 grand my first year. i hope to triple that this year though.

Royalslover
01-17-2004, 02:14 AM
Awesome, if you're working anywhere near full time you should be able to do that easily. good luck

Avery
01-17-2004, 02:23 AM
Originally posted by lawnwizards
avery, i believe that you are a big company. did you start from scratch like most of us? i want someone to tell me that there is big money in this business. did you have any struggles and want to give it up? everyone knows you are a big company but i don't think anyone knows what you did to become a big company. i'm curious as how you started and such. your reply would be greatly appreciated.

sincerely,
lawn wizards

We are big for our area. According to my suppliers we are the biggest. But I take that for what it is worth. To me the business is a game. My goal is not to make X amount of dollars, but to be the biggest, best company in my area. To answer you question yes there is excellent money in this business. Just how much depends on your market. I am sure I could not make near as much as I do if I were in another area. I started in this business appx. 25 years ago working for my cousin in the Mts. of NC. I figured out right quick that there was not a lot of money to be made there so I moved to an area where I knew there was better money. No I have never wanted to quit. The business is growing too fast and is too much fun to do that. If your market is not high end and you are not willing to move then you may have a problem making any serious money. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to win at this game. I am so I feel I am successful. Set your goals high keep growing your business. Never be satisfied with where you are. Keep getting bigger/better. We have doubled in size the last several years. I am determined to continue that trend.

Royalslover
01-17-2004, 02:38 AM
Avery, I admit that I don't set $$ goals in my buisness. My goal is to be as effiecent and make as much as I can working 9 months a year and keep some semblance of family life during those nine months. That being said, How will being the biggest company in your area help you other than being able to say that you are the biggest company in your area?

Avery
01-17-2004, 02:49 AM
Originally posted by Royalslover
Avery, I admit that I don't set $$ goals in my buisness. My goal is to be as effiecent and make as much as I can working 9 months a year and keep some semblance of family life during those nine months. That being said, How will being the biggest company in your area help you other than being able to say that you are the biggest company in your area?

It won't. But to me that is winning the game. ;)

Like I said. It is not all about the money.

zturncutter
01-17-2004, 09:14 AM
Originally posted by twins_lawn_care
Hey everyone.
Just to get an idea on where a lot of people are at, and where they plan to go, just wanted to see what everyoe grossed last year, and where they hoped to be at the end of 2004.

Here's ours, small, but moving on up!
Currently working 1 day a week on LCO.

2003 gross $3100
2004 gross goal $5000

Thanks for the input :cool2: Lower six figures, but a much more important question is how has your increased gross over the years impacted your net profit. Its not how much you make but how much you get to keep!!!:)

sgreanbean
01-17-2004, 09:58 AM
Hey HOMER long time no see! All you guys out there should try to reach a 20% net profit increase every year. If you gain more great! But should not expect any less

little green guy
01-17-2004, 12:17 PM
lower six figures also, next year looking at atleast 40% growth.

Royalslover
01-17-2004, 04:18 PM
Lgg, how many guys do you employ?

bobbygedd
01-17-2004, 05:44 PM
mac, that was good. :D

Let it Grow
01-17-2004, 11:43 PM
Last year was my first year and I grossed over $25,000. This year I hope to double that, and I think I can. Last year was a learning year, this year I know what to do and how to do it.

You guys are totally right, it's a fun game...it's such a challange.

It's not about the money for me either. Of course the more the better, but to me it's about being able to take time for other people (Family, friends, strangers who need help, etc.) This year I'm going to look into starting a scholarship fund for students who have a hard time paying for college.

I know this is getting real deep, but life is about relationships, it's about helping others. So that is what I want to do with my business. Support the community, give money to people who need it, donate time to help others, and of course take some time for myself, and go on some great vacations!

buck100
01-18-2004, 12:11 AM
My partner and I mow part-time after our regular jobs. We grossed $30,000. We have everyhing paid off last season and now it is time to reap the benefits.