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Old 08-24-2012, 09:27 AM
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Links help
You're right. That probably would help. Thanks for pointing it out and here's the link: http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=386079
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:59 AM
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I probably need to be more motivated myself and work on making and marketing the system I came up with to secure push mowers using no straps, pins, or any moving parts. The system mounts on the inside wall of your trailer and only protrudes a few inches. You can get your mower secured or removed in all of two seconds. Kind of like a Pro Locker for push mowers but with zero moving parts and it does not protrude much (2-3") into the work area at all. My current one is mocked up out of wood but I'm going to get a shop to weld me up some durable steel versions at some point.

It's amazing to me that nobody else has come up with a simple push mower securing system. When I say simple I'm not talking about a bungee cord either!
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:10 PM
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Come on, don't make us hunt for a pic. Throw one up like ELS did. I did like 65K my first year and about 100K my second year. Now I seem to be holding steady at about 300K with a three man crew. It's interesting to see what others are doing in sales and head counts so post up some numbers not just speculation. I think we're all mostly little guys on here so there's nothing to be embarrassed about if the numbers are modest. I'd be surprised if anyone on the Texas forum has cracked the million mark.

I have friends who are over the million mark doing mostly commercial stuff. They have done some $200K - $300K jobs.

We grossed just over $350k last year, but that's for the whole company- landscaping, parking lot sweeping, pressure washing, and miscellaneous exterior maintenance services. 2 people mowing, 1 employee sweeping nightly.

We set a goal of 500k this year, and so far we are on track to surpass that pretty handily. We hired 2 to help with landscape (but Dad, the owner, doesn't mow more than 1-2 properties a week anymore- so essentially adding 1 guy), and expanded our sweeping to another town and hired another guy.

All commercial accounts. We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for everything exterior, and managers really like the idea of calling us to handle everything related to their exterior appearance.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:16 PM
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You guys running 350K with 3 men crews? How?

Can not be pure service work! How much are you doing after cost of materials?
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:51 PM
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Not 3 men crews, a single 2 man crew. We probably are 80% service...pressure washing and parking lot sweeping are high margin lines of business if priced right. This is our 9th year of parking lot sweeping and 7th of landscaping.


Our EBITDA for 2011 was right around $100k.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:19 PM
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Just saw this thread. Checking in from San Angelo, where we are about to be in stage 3 drought conditions.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:52 PM
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Just saw this thread. Checking in from San Angelo, where we are about to be in stage 3 drought conditions.
We caught a break and went back to watering twice a week in mid summer here in Austin. We all better hope this El Nino pans out and it floods the crap out of us this fall and winter.
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:40 PM
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Not 3 men crews, a single 2 man crew. We probably are 80% service...pressure washing and parking lot sweeping are high margin lines of business if priced right. This is our 9th year of parking lot sweeping and 7th of landscaping.


Our EBITDA for 2011 was right around $100k.
That is a lot of gross income for maintenance operation with they few MH's
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:41 PM
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We caught a break and went back to watering twice a week in mid summer here in Austin. We all better hope this El Nino pans out and it floods the crap out of us this fall and winter.
Up here we been getting a lot of rain for August.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:19 PM
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Up here we been getting a lot of rain for August.
we are back to stage two restrictions....one day a week watering...lame-
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