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Old 08-21-2012, 11:59 PM
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This is my first year. Just getting going but all the principles that make any business successful apply. Good marketing, great service, good equipment promptness work great. I see a truck on every corner of our town with nice mowers etc. But I have simply been nice, proffessional, and went extra mile on every property... Some people see that I mow, load mower, get out weed eater, painstakingly weed eat, then edge, then blow. They see that i take care of their yard like it is my own. sometimes these really efficient lawn services are there own worst enemy. I mean they hit a yard with 3 guys do good work but are gone in 20 minutes. no relationship with customer. I mow less yards do it myself probably make as much money and have very happy customers. It just depends on your goals. I used to have another biz with many employees etc. just no longer need or want...
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:39 AM
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I have been solo for 5 years. I do well enough to take most of the winter off. If I find the right person to help me we both could do this and that person will take over a good business.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:08 PM
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This is my first year. Just getting going but all the principles that make any business successful apply. Good marketing, great service, good equipment promptness work great. I see a truck on every corner of our town with nice mowers etc. But I have simply been nice, proffessional, and went extra mile on every property... Some people see that I mow, load mower, get out weed eater, painstakingly weed eat, then edge, then blow. They see that i take care of their yard like it is my own. sometimes these really efficient lawn services are there own worst enemy. I mean they hit a yard with 3 guys do good work but are gone in 20 minutes. no relationship with customer. I mow less yards do it myself probably make as much money and have very happy customers. It just depends on your goals. I used to have another biz with many employees etc. just no longer need or want...
makes sense, I think the customer relationship is very important.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:40 PM
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I'm solo, this is my 7th season and have fifty some accounts done in 4 days. I do have my 19 year old son help me on the mulch and bush trimming days because he needs the money and I can fit more jobs in that day. Would like to eventually have a two man crew and I just do sales and small odd jobs as I get older. But I love being my own boss, wife gets jealous.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:03 AM
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Been solo for 6 years. I have a full time job which I work for a large company and started landscaping as a hobby and to make a little extra cash. So six years later I am still going strong putting in about 20 hours a week and enjoy every second of it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:50 PM
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I am quasi solo and like it that way. My daughter helps out (17) on most everything when not in school or activities and also a couple of my friends when I get a larger job that requires a strong back.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:23 PM
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I'm a solo part time operation. Currently have 17 accounts. I work a 9-5 corporate job and mow in the evenings after work. Weather permitting, I can split them up and get all the mowing done 4 nights a week and still get 3 days off. I got everything done in 3 days this week. Then spent wednesday putting out fert. It does get a little hectic in the spring with mulch/pine straw jobs.

A couple weeks ago I had to hire a buddy of mine as a helper to knock out all my yards in one day before I left to go on a week-long family vacation. Fortunately, he has worked for an LCO in the past so he knows what he's doing and I didn't have to babysit him. We got all 17 done in 5 hours total. Not bad for it being his first time working with me since he doesn't really know my "routine". The one thing that wasted a lot of time was I didn't have two backpack blowers, Only 1 so there was a little thumb twiddling waiting for one another to finish blowing. I did all the mowing and he did everything else. Luckily I have two trimmers so I was able to do some trimming if I finished mowing before he was done.
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:06 PM
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:58 PM
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Been solo since 06. I have a part time guy that has a regular third shift job. He only works when I do the big lawns and multiple townhouse properties where I can't get it done alone in 90 minutes. He also works on all mulch, brush, and tree jobs, or anything else for that matter where there is allot of manual labor.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:20 PM
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Solo here for 6 years, i will hire out some help for the spring months just for the mulching and clean up jobs to maximize the amount of jobs i do, but i'm also very cautious about how long jobs will take and my profit margin. always gotta run the numbers. i hope next year to be able to hire out a crew to mow for 4 days and then have an extra 20-25 a week for myself to do
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