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Old 05-11-2014, 03:01 PM
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John Deere Landscapes is right in the middle of my service area and they give me super in and out service. I pick up anywhere from a pallet to two pallets each visit several times a week and run off that. I can carry up to two tons of fert in my trailer but it likes 60 bags better and 300 gallons of water in the truck mounted tanks so I can cover some ground fully loaded.

I pre plan my days. For example I had to get there today before noon after doing a 13 acre church so I can have some for tomorrow, and Monday. I DO NOT ever load in the morning. I leave the house and go directly to my first job or the day will suck. Too many guys waste too much time preparing in the AM. I am ready to go the night before. It's about rhythm.

I never ever answer the phone during the production day either at this time of year....I do all that when I get back to my desk. "Rhythm"

I don't stop for pop and chips and cigs. I have them already. "Rhythm"

Don't bug me for an estimate you walk up nerd. "RHYTHM!" lol

It's a state of mind. I think I've lost mine....

I have to agree on the people walking up to me in the field, talk about throwing off your process of execution.
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:03 AM
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I am very new to this site but not new to the lawn care world. In fact this is my first post on here but my eighth season doing what I do. My services consist of mowing ONLY. My overhead/headaches/books/paperwork/supplies are very minimum. I wouldnt call myself completely solo seeing as I have a full time helper. He shows up every morning and brings only labor to the table. I run a 14ft trailer with two zero turns, two edgers, two trimmers, and two blowers. Thats it thats all the equipment i own/use. I take care of 210-220 residential yards every season that i have obtained over the past few years from scratch using a different kind of flyer format/delivering system than i have heard discussed on here. I refuse to do commercial bc of bad past experiences. I am blessed to live in the deep south where mowing season begins the middle of feb and goes to the beginning of dec. Through the years i have trimmed the lower accounts as well as the farther away ones. Every account i have is within 3 miles south, east, and west of my own residence. The minimum i charge is 50 dollars and the majority of my accounts are just that. Eighty percent of my customers want their lawn mowed every two weeks where the rest are on a 10 day circuit. With all that said i average between 20 and 25 lawns a day (weather permitting) 5 days a week. If I did every account every other week (which I dont) and they were all 50 dollars (which they arent) then I make 5,500 a week which comes to 220,000 the 40 months i mow. That would be my gross. My net would be that minus my helper, gas, blades, string, belts, oil, maintenance, repairs, ect.. I buy all new equip every 3 to four years cash. I do nothing the two months im not mowing except travel and relax. I love my low stress high paying job. Anything you guys that have been doing this longer than me wanna suggest im all ears
I've thought and thought about this post. It almost makes me change my viewpoint towards every other week lawns. I'm thinking, why not just cater to the two week demand and have twice as many lawns like this guy? I only have 4 out of 67 that are every other week but the thing I like about those four is they never ask me to skip. 😋🍭🍭
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Old 09-05-2015, 06:59 AM
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Reading this thread, I feel the need to take Vitamins or something energy boosting 20+ lawns a day. Sun up to Sun down. 7 days a week. Most of my lawns are 45 minutes+ for one person( mow, weedeat, blow then collect money) with a 60" Z. Out in 90+ heat and high humidity(which really makes a big difference in how much you feel like doing in a day). Could I do Sun up to Sun down speedy mowing and feel like getting out of bed the next day? Not likely. When would you have time for maintenance? You have a maid to clean up the house? Do the laundry? Does your wife and kids remember your name? Ok back to the insanity
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Old 09-05-2015, 08:24 AM
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One reason this is tough to pull off is so many resi customers want mowing closer to the weekend...so really only have 3-4 mowing days. If i get this new contract it'll put me between $75k and $100k...and in less then a 40hr work week. Mostly because it'll be 50 tiny residential that are all eow and can be done in a day and a half tops.. mon-Tuesday. Slowly dropping low paying accts or raising rates as needed. working on efficiency to get my hourly average up to $70-$80hr. I believe it can be done if u focus on efficiency and profit vs expenses rather then always worrying about "expanding".
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Old 09-05-2015, 08:34 AM
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One reason this is tough to pull off is so many resi customers want mowing closer to the weekend...so really only have 3-4 mowing days. If i get this new contract it'll put me between $75k and $100k...and in less then a 40hr work week. Mostly because it'll be 50 tiny residential that are all eow and can be done in a day and a half tops.. mon-Tuesday. Slowly dropping low paying accts or raising rates as needed. working on efficiency to get my hourly average up to $70-$80hr. I believe it can be done if u focus on efficiency and profit vs expenses rather then always worrying about "expanding".
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Agreed! Keep bidding work to make a profit. You dont want every single contract, just the ones that you feel good about the time invested vs return. These guys that keep bidding cheap wont last. They start hacking the job to make profit and then you get called to fix it lol.
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Old 09-05-2015, 08:35 AM
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One reason this is tough to pull off is so many resi customers want mowing closer to the weekend...so really only have 3-4 mowing days. If i get this new contract it'll put me between $75k and $100k...and in less then a 40hr work week. Mostly because it'll be 50 tiny residential that are all eow and can be done in a day and a half tops.. mon-Tuesday. Slowly dropping low paying accts or raising rates as needed. working on efficiency to get my hourly average up to $70-$80hr. I believe it can be done if u focus on efficiency and profit vs expenses rather then always worrying about "expanding".
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This is true. Most residential want their lawn mowed Wed, Thurs, Friday. Many do not want you there before 8 am or after 5 pm. Usually really wet from dew at 8 am so you have to spend extra time getting rid of those clumps. Have fun trying to bag wet grass or mulching wet grass. Takes extra time to do either. So it rains Wed thru Friday. You have over 200 lawns for 2 people(from another post not related to you)..Some of them are going to be very unhappy with your service
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:58 PM
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I am very new to this site but not new to the lawn care world. In fact this is my first post on here but my eighth season doing what I do. My services consist of mowing ONLY. My overhead/headaches/books/paperwork/supplies are very minimum. I wouldnt call myself completely solo seeing as I have a full time helper. He shows up every morning and brings only labor to the table. I run a 14ft trailer with two zero turns, two edgers, two trimmers, and two blowers. Thats it thats all the equipment i own/use. I take care of 210-220 residential yards every season that i have obtained over the past few years from scratch using a different kind of flyer format/delivering system than i have heard discussed on here. I refuse to do commercial bc of bad past experiences. I am blessed to live in the deep south where mowing season begins the middle of feb and goes to the beginning of dec. Through the years i have trimmed the lower accounts as well as the farther away ones. Every account i have is within 3 miles south, east, and west of my own residence. The minimum i charge is 50 dollars and the majority of my accounts are just that. Eighty percent of my customers want their lawn mowed every two weeks where the rest are on a 10 day circuit. With all that said i average between 20 and 25 lawns a day (weather permitting) 5 days a week. If I did every account every other week (which I dont) and they were all 50 dollars (which they arent) then I make 5,500 a week which comes to 220,000 the 40 months i mow. That would be my gross. My net would be that minus my helper, gas, blades, string, belts, oil, maintenance, repairs, ect.. I buy all new equip every 3 to four years cash. I do nothing the two months im not mowing except travel and relax. I love my low stress high paying job. Anything you guys that have been doing this longer than me wanna suggest im all ears
Sorry to bring up an old thread but this came up as a search result. After reading your post, I'm very interested in your adverts and methods if you would shoot me an email or message back afreshcutlawnservice@gmail.com
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