search sponsored by:
Advanced Search

The Green Industry's Resource Center

Thread Tools   Display Modes
Old 11-03-2012, 12:38 AM
RSK Property Maintenance's Avatar
RSK Property Maintenance RSK Property Maintenance is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Manchester,CT
Posts: 1,478
well this will be my second year officially in business. I will have done 5x more sales this year then last, mostly due to the hurricane irene and the fact that i bought a chipper a month after it happened. I guess the test will be if I can retain these sales or even double again or do 1.5x the amount of sales i did this year. 80% of the work I did was chipping jobs, so its not very likely they will call me back and have me do more work for them next year like a lawn customer but it is possible. In order to repeat this years numbers next year i'll need to pick up another 20 weekly lawn accounts maybe even 23. possible but not gonna be easy.
fully lic. and ins. 10yrs exp.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2012, 06:48 AM
ringahding's Avatar
ringahding ringahding is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 613
Knowing what I know very minute...I would have built our website the first year...

Today...this very minute..the calls are completely overwhelming and I can barely keep up(10 the season).

When I say we have 100 solid weekly accounts, some may laugh, but most would say "How the hell is your service radius only 9 miles".

In other words, for the past 10 seasons I have had said NO to an unbelievable amount of properties/jobs. Have actually built GREAT partnerships with several other companies in the same industry by doing so. Passing work to them and vise versa.

1st season 10 | 2nd season 30 | 3rd season 47

The phone book is dead...I am telling you that a self hosted website has been a huge contributor to daily, weekly & yearly sales. Being and staying on the first page of a web search for our area is K E Y...

Of course lettering up your trucks and trailers will open many many eyes too...
Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2012, 12:56 PM
BlueGrassBoy BlueGrassBoy is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Posts: 41
News Paper Ads?

How effective have newspapers adds been for your business?
2001 GMC Sierra C3
48' inch Ex-Mark Metro Walk Behind
34' Inch Simplicity Walk Behind Hydro
5x10 Trailer
Bolens Weed Eater
Weed Eater Brand Blower

Payed cash for everything but the truck, the only way to succeed in this business.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 10:17 PM
Spring Valley Lawn Service's Avatar
Spring Valley Lawn Service Spring Valley Lawn Service is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tuscumbia, al
Posts: 142
How much better did you do your second year in business compared to your first???

I got into commercial accounts. I got 4 apartment complexes, a school and small factory. I lost several nice residential but it was do to the houses being sold.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 03:51 PM
cslawnandlandscape cslawnandlandscape is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: CT
Posts: 53
How much better did you do your second year in business compared to your first???

Lawn clients almost doubled; I dropped a couple slow payers and will do the same for next season. Large mulch projects I tripled, got into more hardscape projects as well

Upgrading my equipment for clean ups has turned huge dividends for me so far this Fall so I plan on doing that again with my mowers for the Spring and doubling up on lawn clients
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 04:40 PM
Darryl G Darryl G is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 8,033
My gross income was 70% more my second year compared to my first. My third year was 46% more than my second. My third, fourth and fifth years I actually went backwards a bit, mostly for lack of trying I think.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 04:58 PM
4 seasons lawn&land's Avatar
4 seasons lawn&land 4 seasons lawn&land is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NY
Posts: 3,493
worse actually
Reply With Quote

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

Layout Style:

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:47 AM.

Page generated in 0.08513 seconds with 10 queries