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Old 01-18-2014, 09:49 PM
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How much can a solo make!

I'm 19 and starting my 2nd consecutive year of lawn maintenance and I've been wondering how much can a solo realistically gross. I'm not worried about profits because thats too vague because I don't know my operating cost yet. Last year I only had 3 yards but didn't care to gain new customers and did no advertising in any form what's so ever.

I've read some threads on this before but they seemed to be all over the place with figures. This year im tring to grow, so I figure I could mow between 35-50 yards weekly at about $35 each, only mowing 4 days a week about 35 weeks a year, plus side jobs and extras and I know about how much that would gross, But I really want to know what the ceiling is on solo operations.

I figure those yards pay between $1000-$2000 a year for lawn maintenance, but was wondering if I were to gain some larger yards in nicer nieghborhoods, I could still maintain about 6-8 per day, and service 24-32 a week, but I'm guessing they would spend closer to $4000- up to $10,000's a year, plus have more $$$ for extras and side work.

I'm sorry for how long this is and my question basically is how much is the most a solo can gross working 4 days a week, if they have great customers, fair prices, tight schedule and the right equipment.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:04 PM
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Where I live it would be tough to gross more than 60k working solo unless you were working over 40/week. Our mowing season here is only 6.5 months though. With a helper that number could be 90-100k gross.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:11 PM
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Thanks, that sounds pretty good for 6.5 months, I'm in texas and I still see guys mowing all the time, I think I would be mowing for 9 months or so maybe 35-37 or more weeks.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:34 PM
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In my area if you ran hard all season you could probably do 75k solo. Maybe more or less depending on many circumstances.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:42 PM
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In my area if you ran hard all season you could probably do 75k solo. Maybe more or less depending on many circumstances.
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How much do you think is possible to gross from extras and side work during off season. No plowing ofcourse since I live in Texas.
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:23 PM
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I have another question about a high end residential lot, I don't mow it, but know the people that live there and after building up my business, I would most likely be able to get the account since they like me.
Its about a 1.5 million dollar home on 2 acres with a 6000sq ft home, a guest house, a 20x20 shop, a tennis court, gazebo and lots of hard scape. It would only be about 1-1.25 acres of mowing.
I think a home like this would take about an hour solo with the right equipment and I'm guessing about $90 weekly. Plus lots of extras from them.
I figured with a schedule full of these homes, about 32 or so, it would be possible to gross a little over 100k, with about 35 mows. Does this sound attainable? Or is the price to high, I almost feel it's a little low.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:10 PM
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I have another question about a high end residential lot, I don't mow it, but know the people that live there and after building up my business, I would most likely be able to get the account since they like me.
Its about a 1.5 million dollar home on 2 acres with a 6000sq ft home, a guest house, a 20x20 shop, a tennis court, gazebo and lots of hard scape. It would only be about 1-1.25 acres of mowing.
I think a home like this would take about an hour solo with the right equipment and I'm guessing about $90 weekly. Plus lots of extras from them.
I figured with a schedule full of these homes, about 32 or so, it would be possible to gross a little over 100k, with about 35 mows. Does this sound attainable? Or is the price to high, I almost feel it's a little low.
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In my opinion, your price could be a little low for a 1.5 million dollar home on 2 acres in the Fort Worth area.

These properties should not be treated like a mow, blow and go property. That is not what these clients are paying you to do. Do not sacrifice quality for speed. These clients expect top quality lawn & yard care and customer service that is second to none. Details matter to these clients and we won't last long if our attention to detail slips because we are rushing to get the job done. If we miss the weed in the flowerbed or missed a spot while trimming or whack our trimmer on the turf to extend the line and we scalp the lawn or the edges look terrible because they were done one time with a trimmer and not an edger, the client will notice and will probably look to replace us…I'm not saying that you or I do these things, it's just something we need to make sure doesn't happen on the properties we service.

Also, 35 mows per season seems a little short for our area. Look to extend your mowing season to around 40-42 weeks to handle all the late falling leaves that we get and then add, at minimum, one service day in January and one service day in February for a total of 42-44 weeks of service. These type of clients usually want year round service.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:26 PM
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In my opinion, your price could be a little low for a 1.5 million dollar home on 2 acres in the Fort Worth area.

These properties should not be treated like a mow, blow and go property. That is not what these clients are paying you to do. Do not sacrifice quality for speed. These clients expect top quality lawn & yard care and customer service that is second to none. Details matter to these clients and we won't last long if our attention to detail slips because we are rushing to get the job done. If we miss the weed in the flowerbed or missed a spot while trimming or whack our trimmer on the turf to extend the line and we scalp the lawn or the edges look terrible because they were done one time with a trimmer and not an edger, the client will notice and will probably look to replace us…I'm not saying that you or I do these things, it's just something we need to make sure doesn't happen on the properties we service.

Also, 35 mows per season seems a little short for our area. Look to extend your mowing season to around 40-42 weeks to handle all the late falling leaves that we get and then add, at minimum, one service day in January and one service day in February for a total of 42-44 weeks of service. These type of clients usually want year round service.
Ditto on this. I can usually squeeze 42-44 service visits out of most of my higher end clients around the area.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:36 AM
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Well I picked up an account this past fall where I am grossing in the ball park of 45k a year working one day a week in the summer and snow plowing in the winter. Its multiple properties spead over 40 miles but its only like 5 acres of grass and 2 acres of parking lots. This account was like winning the lottery though. They literally don't care what I charge period.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:44 AM
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Oh and reading your first post over again, when you plan how many lawns you do, figure just about any lawn you do is going to take a hr if you have to drop the gate and reload. If you can do 2 lawn when you drop the gate then you might be able to do 2 a hr or so. It isn't the lawn that takes a hr, its the 10-15 min travel time, that 3 min loading and unloading time, and that 5 min of extra you do ontop of the norm, and 2 min messing with your equipment ontop of doing the lawn.
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