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K.Carothers
11-26-2004, 04:37 PM
I am in my first full season this year. My question is who simply cuts only being a solo operation? I love to cut. Can you net 50-60k/yr? If so, share your success on how you do it. I know some customers might need a little extra here and there but for the most part I am only interested in cutting.
Thanks in advance for all input!

Drew Gemma
11-26-2004, 05:46 PM
Good luck when you mow and go it makes it hard to retain customers. I know a few people who did that then the customer would want edgeing and weeding mulch and all that good crap. So they would tell them to get someone else and guess what usally they just prefer to have one person do it all cause I am the one who steals yards from the mowblow and go. You might do it but you will have a hard time retaining customers.

gogetter
11-26-2004, 05:57 PM
Hmmm......netting $50-60k a year, just cutting grass, and solo? I can't see it.

Especially seeing where you're located, where you have a fairly short season for grass cutting.

K.Carothers
11-26-2004, 06:03 PM
Thanks Drew. I heard about a company named just mowing? Have you heard of them? I am told they have over 2000 lawn accounts and use only 21" mowers supported by 10 crews. Is that possible? Just searching for answers/direction for the 2005 season.

K.Carothers
11-26-2004, 06:06 PM
Hmmm......netting $50-60k a year, just cutting grass, and solo? I can't see it.

Especially seeing where you're located, where you have a fairly short season for grass cutting.

30wks max/yr. and the unpredictable weather ;) ;)

tiedeman
11-26-2004, 11:40 PM
I have to agree with Drew on this one

HOOLIE
11-27-2004, 12:02 AM
Most of my customers are not looking to have big landscape installs done, but still from time to time they need other work done. I just do my best to squeeze this in wherever possible. I also know a landscaper that doesn't do any mowing, I refer people to him sometimes.

HOOLIE
11-27-2004, 12:55 AM
Thanks Drew. I heard about a company named just mowing? Have you heard of them? I am told they have over 2000 lawn accounts and use only 21" mowers supported by 10 crews. Is that possible? Just searching for answers/direction for the 2005 season.

TJ is a LawnSite member from the Dallas area. Do a search on him, you'll find a lot of info about his company. Of course, he is not doing 2000 a week solo. When you get to be his size you can pretty much do whatever you want. If he loses some customers to full-service LCOs he has the resources to replace them, and then some.

Four C. Landscaping
11-27-2004, 11:13 AM
If you are solo then the only way that I see it is as follows.
$50,000 divided by 52 weeks =$961.53 per week divided by $30.00 per lawn=30.05 lawns a week every week just to maintain your minimum.Good luck just the same. payup

gogetter
11-27-2004, 12:06 PM
If you are solo then the only way that I see it is as follows.
$50,000 divided by 52 weeks =$961.53 per week divided by $30.00 per lawn=30.05 lawns a week every week just to maintain your minimum.Good luck just the same. payup

But that still only has him GROSSING $50k, not NETTING. He'd have to make considerably more then $50k to NET $50k.

SSmith
11-27-2004, 12:13 PM
I don't claim to know much about the business yet but it does make sense to offer as many services as possible......

For instance

My father and I just did a paver patio that would've taken no longer than 2 days to do....Profit= $1500-$1700

How many yards would you have to mow to make that much money and how long would it take?? There is nothing wrong with working "harder," but "smarter" usually takes the cake.