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Old 09-20-2006, 12:05 AM
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Money!

I'm just starting out - I live in FL and most people are paying about $60 a month for mowing, edging and cleanup. Getting customers has been pretty easy, in a short time I have picked up 17.

Doing this full time with intentions to grow, how much can you expect to make yearly? Say 1st year, 2nd year and 5th year?
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:09 AM
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$60/mo!? good luck in the poor house.
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:38 AM
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Oh goodie!
I see some equipment for sale soon.

Seriously... What % of estimates are you closing?
There's a big difference between staying busy and making money.
Anybody can go out, get a bunch of yards, and cut grass. The tricky part is building a profitable, legal,business while doing it.
Lots of people plan on growing; and then find themselves just scraping by, with no money to buy additional equipment, hire employees, or pay taxes.

What kind of yard are you cutting for $17?
If you can't go from gate up to gate up in 25 minutes you are not making what you should. You should really be closer to 20 minutes from finish to finish.

For example, I have one yard for $55/mo, front yard only, no trees, only trimming is around the mailbox, turf area is about 60X50, edge driveway on 1 side and road....... Throw in another few minutes and there you have an example of a $60/mo yard.
The only reason I took it on is because it's on a stop with 3 stable customers.
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:12 AM
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Really? How far below average is that? I spoke with people all over the community and that is the average here... Port St Lucie, FL
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:13 AM
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I'm just starting out - I live in FL and most people are paying about $60 a month for mowing, edging and cleanup. Getting customers has been pretty easy, in a short time I have picked up 17.

Doing this full time with intentions to grow, how much can you expect to make yearly? Say 1st year, 2nd year and 5th year?
You may not see a 2nd year at that rate. There a need for more cash to run any business including being an lco.
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:14 AM
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I would say you need $100/month min to make it.
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:16 AM
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from what i have read on here, florida may be a little different in pricing. I do remember reading where some have said $60 to $80 a month. maybe some florida guys can chime in to shed some light on this for you.
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:24 AM
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That would be great, thank you
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Old 09-20-2006, 07:03 AM
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Braveheart,
The average price is $40+ a cut every 10 days for about 9 months during the year. You can't let the customer tell you your bussiness. I made all those mistakes 20 years ago the first time around. When I started I bought 60 Res. accounts that paid an average $15+ per cut and even back then it was hard work for little money. When I did a $5.00 per cut increase some of the customers looked for someone new in the business to do the work for less. Don't be fooled! and don't low-ball. It doesn't help you or the industry. Good luck! Thats just my opinion from experience
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:34 PM
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$60.00 a month sounds about right for FL but maybe a littl low. don't take pricing advice from anyone who lives above GA, they don't understand how FL works and really can't comprehend mowing grass in January and our "diverse" workforce.
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