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Old 12-17-2012, 04:46 PM
smallstripesnc smallstripesnc is offline
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Originally Posted by Darryl G View Post
I would expect to take in more than an additional $100 per day for adding an employee. I don't see you factoring in taxes on your employee, or is that $12/hr with taxes included? Personally I would look at increasing my productivity by looking at my equipment and see if it's really the most efficient for the work I have as well as weeding out those accounts that are less profitable. I know things are different in different areas, but $25 per lawn seems really low to me. I have one lawn at that rate and it's tiny, less than 1,000 sq ft. And if you don't actually have the additional work, it's all a moot point anyway. In my case, I have part-time help in the summer for my mowing route (sons), as needed. It's usually only 4 or 5 hours a day for 2 or 3 days but sometimes more. I could do it without the help, but it's just easier for me to have help so I'm not busting my tail for 10 or 12 hours a day. Yeah I make less, but I'm willing to make that trade-off.
$25 a lawn is a little low but I do have properties that pay $35 or so. Also my issue isnt getting the jobs either. I turn down tons of work because theres simply not enough hours in a day.

As for equipment I have all I need to run solo. I only use 36in mowers because mostly all ny properties have gates and they also are all less than 1/2 acre. Most are 10000sq feet or less but few are bigger.

Now I would be using an additional 36in walk behind so two mowers at once.

I know I couldnt do over 15 a day with help because of the dtiving unless i got a really tight route which takes time.

Getting more work isnt hard at all. So I know I would be covered in that sense.

Im just scared to mess up a friendship since he's a close friend and needs the cash. At the same time I want to watch out for myself.
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