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Old 08-02-2013, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyCuts View Post
Sounds like you are grossing $45/man hour on a three man crew for 20 hours on those 80 lawns. With an efficient no- trailer setup like whats being discussed here you should be in great shape.

The difference between what we do is that I use a 2 man crew instead of 3. If I went everyday we could do 30 per day and make our profits go up. Volume is how we make money. The small trailer/ no trailer makes a difference because of the type of truck you use to pull it or how much gas you use. We use 21 inch snappers that cost $750 brand new and are very easy to work on. Everybody has overhead, we have just found a way to be efficeint as we can.

This is not how I support my family, If it was I would do things a lil different, but we do offer a good service and make a solid profit

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Old 08-02-2013, 03:26 PM
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You may have to sell 2 routes.

A solo operator doing 50 houses would gross 1250 and running small pickups and 21" mower might squeeze by with 250$ in expenses. 1000$ per week is not that bad, its like buying a job but still ok.

I figure throw a old 21 mower and string trimmer and blower list a route for 5000$ and you might sell it pretty quick.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by seabee24 View Post
we use a small trailer, I highly doubt it has a large effect. but Id love a PM of how this should make good money- I found alot of people in this business, including myself in the past, think they are making money....right up until they need to replace their equipment and they have zero saved to do so.
3% of gross saved covers our replacement costs. Thats counting for 2000 hours use from a new $5500 36" walk behind and 2 years fulltime use from new blowers and trimmers.

It's easier to prepare when you know exact what your costs are.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:45 PM
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I use a 60 inch walk behind...$25 a week thrown into a savings account times 26 mowing weeks a year times 10 years. What's the problem? These mowers last forever. Buying brand new mowers is foolish IMO.

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:14 PM
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If you aren't an active in the labor aspect of the business, why not sell it as a package with your name, equipment, systems and employees? Why are you selling the accounts without the rest of your operation?
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:31 PM
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Hey I have a quick question for you. A guy is offering to sell me his business with no equipment and 25 no contract yards. Is the 10% your talking about the gross per season or the estimated net ?
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:46 AM
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Another one bites the dust. Losing money gets old quick, but thats what happens when you charge $25 a cut.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:18 AM
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I'm in your general area. From what I have seen and experienced in our area over the last ten years or so, you have two options. You can probably end up with more money for the clients if you aren't in a hurry to sell them and just start contacting other companies to see if they are interested. If you want to get rid of them quickly, I would set the price at $150 per client and take the first guy who offers $100 or $125 per client. Unless they are all set up on an autopay and you have a website and a name to sell as well, that would be what I would expect you to get out of them. I could be wrong, but that's what I have seen around our area. You and I both know there is some money in a tight route with lawns that size. But they just don't end up bringing much when you try to sell them. If you hold out for a while, you might get someone to shell out 2 month's gross for them. Someone mentioned splitting the route in two and selling two different sets of clients. That's not a bad idea. Not many guys are going to be set up to take on over 100 new clients at a finger snap.
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