Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 10-22-2010, 09:57 PM
M & L's Avatar
M & L M & L is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: The Ocean State
Posts: 290
NOT ENOUGH!!
20-24 last year...35 fall clean ups last year...
This year 48. 3 sweet commercials...
No clean ups ????
__________________
Big truck
enclosed trailer
other stuff neccesary to work

1 Desert Eagle
(security)
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 10-23-2010, 12:05 PM
WenzelOSLLC WenzelOSLLC is online now
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Maplewood, MN
Posts: 330
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeslawnlandscapeohio View Post
The profit margin has stayed pretty close to the same. We mow around 200 bank homes per week and around 150 regular clients. As long as your profit margain stays the same and does not go down, you are doing good. We stay around 35%-42% profit
Even if it went down a bit but you had a higher over all income you'd be doing alright.
__________________
www.WenzelOS.com
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 10-24-2010, 04:55 AM
firefighter38310 firefighter38310 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: adamsville tn
Posts: 24
number of accounts and business in genr'l

I have 11 residential yards, 2 churches and 2 commercial. This year I only lost one customer; she told me her 15 y/o son was going to get off his butt and mow the lawn. I didnít grow any this last year but like most the economy is bad here. I could handle more but I insist on quality and I also work as a firefighter and part time ER Nurse. I plan to increase business some next year by some advertising and I already have few hits now. I donít do the volume most of you do in here but I really love being outside and landscaping is a huge stress release for me. I do have the same stress as any small business and I deal with the heat and drought but I am not in a building firefighting and not at a wreck scene or the busy trauma center.
All jobs have their stressosr.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 10-26-2010, 08:58 AM
JDKSERVLLC JDKSERVLLC is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 33
Number of accounts this year better than last year

I mow 35 residential accounts and 1 commercial weekly this year. Last year I was at 18 residential and 1 commercial weekly and about 100 bank owned per week. I thought last year that bank owned properties were great revenue, and it was, until I realized that the revenue wasn't worth the wear and tear on the equipment and the potential for equipment failure that jeopardized my own 18/1 from being done that week. After dealing with that situation a couple times we made a business decision to get out of that market and focus on building our own portfolio. We still provide the occasional P&P or REO service to the foreclosure market but no more grass cutting. This year we were blessed with more landscaping projects that helped off-set the revenue loss from the year prier and itsí really been a great year!!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 10-26-2010, 11:26 AM
Southern Pride's Avatar
Southern Pride Southern Pride is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Memphis
Posts: 1,382
Quote:
Originally Posted by firefighter38310 View Post
I have 11 residential yards, 2 churches and 2 commercial. This year I only lost one customer; she told me her 15 y/o son was going to get off his butt and mow the lawn. I didnít grow any this last year but like most the economy is bad here. I could handle more but I insist on quality and I also work as a firefighter and part time ER Nurse. I plan to increase business some next year by some advertising and I already have few hits now. I donít do the volume most of you do in here but I really love being outside and landscaping is a huge stress release for me. I do have the same stress as any small business and I deal with the heat and drought but I am not in a building firefighting and not at a wreck scene or the busy trauma center.
All jobs have their stressosr.
I'll be sending you a PM about the fire dept. there in Adamsville. (In EMT school here in Memphis.)

Quote:
Originally Posted by JDKSERVLLC View Post
I mow 35 residential accounts and 1 commercial weekly this year. Last year I was at 18 residential and 1 commercial weekly and about 100 bank owned per week. I thought last year that bank owned properties were great revenue, and it was, until I realized that the revenue wasn't worth the wear and tear on the equipment and the potential for equipment failure that jeopardized my own 18/1 from being done that week. After dealing with that situation a couple times we made a business decision to get out of that market and focus on building our own portfolio. We still provide the occasional P&P or REO service to the foreclosure market but no more grass cutting. This year we were blessed with more landscaping projects that helped off-set the revenue loss from the year prier and itsí really been a great year!!
I see you literally double your business size in a season like me. I went from 3-25 this season. I was just going to see what your key ingredient was to doubling up. For me, it was 80% who I know/word of mouth, and 20% flyers
__________________
Chevy/eXmark/Toro/Echo/Redmax
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 10-26-2010, 01:23 PM
JDKSERVLLC JDKSERVLLC is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 33
SPride, I added to my base using a multitude of marketing campaigns. Craigslist, flyering, mailers, word of mouth, a networking organization, and referrals brought us all our new clients. Iím learning about the power of networking and let me tell you, nothing brings in more opportunity than this. Itís a big commitment but the potential for new business is huge!!
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 10-26-2010, 02:06 PM
Southern Pride's Avatar
Southern Pride Southern Pride is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Memphis
Posts: 1,382
Quote:
Originally Posted by JDKSERVLLC View Post
SPride, I added to my base using a multitude of marketing campaigns. Craigslist, flyering, mailers, word of mouth, a networking organization, and referrals brought us all our new clients. Iím learning about the power of networking and let me tell you, nothing brings in more opportunity than this. Itís a big commitment but the potential for new business is huge!!
I have used literally all of the same marketing strategies, and networking, word of mouth, and who you know bring opportunities like NO other. I was lucky enough to know enough people to get a good customer base. Somehow have to keep that going. It works so well it almost completely discourages me from flyers. I'll do craigslist but post it for my immediate town, Cordova. So if I do get a call I know that person is relatively close and worth answering.

Most of my networking is done through my parents friends. Middle aged people of course. Gotta keep churnin' that pot.
__________________
Chevy/eXmark/Toro/Echo/Redmax
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 10-26-2010, 02:19 PM
JDKSERVLLC JDKSERVLLC is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 33
Must be raining in TN like it is here in MI. SPride your reply was really quick.

Ya our networking have opened some doors for us that we werenít sure how to open last year. Itís brought in some great opportunities. We defined our target market and developed our marketing strategies around it over the winter and 80% of our new client base is in our defined target market. Our networking chapters know us and what our target market is and armed with that information they have been able to sell for us and our RFQ's have tripled in 6 months. We don't get them all but we're getting our company out there!!
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 10-26-2010, 08:36 PM
lawnprosteveo's Avatar
lawnprosteveo lawnprosteveo is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 1,928
25 residentials. Im down about 10 accounts from last year! Except for the old folks going to homes and people moving, the ones I cut werent very good accounts.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 10-28-2010, 12:44 AM
jwsland's Avatar
jwsland jwsland is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Bucks County PA
Posts: 236
25 residential mowing accounts. Average 1-2 acres, largest ones are over 10. Some days I only cut 4 lawns, they are still profitable though.
__________________
Couple Powerstrokes, couple trailers, bunch of X-Series and a lot of happy customers!



facebook.com/jwslandscaping
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:11 AM.

Page generated in 0.08175 seconds with 9 queries