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Old 05-13-2012, 07:24 PM
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So you are only making 340 gross in a 10 hr work day? If you are making out on the good this is a good example of difference in overhead!
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:33 PM
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No on average its an 8.5hr day. Most solo crews bring in $300-$350/day. Two man crew will generate around $600-650/day. Three man crew will generate between $900-1050/day. This is all dependent on day and route.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:39 PM
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I find that most people who get $60 an hour are doing mostly the 5K lawns where one guy can do a $35 yard in 35 minutes or even less sometimes. The problem is your going to have more travel time which can lower you daily average which is the number that counts.

I would be willing to bet that anyone who says their daily average is $60 per man hour is not doing all the required math. We all work in markets with competition where you usually can't just throw out crazy numbers.

The reality is that the bigger properties where you make less per man hour for mowing are going to usually be the ones that make you the most money overall. This is because you are working more and traveling less. These are the types of properties that almost always require way more trimming, spraying, and mulching. The $35 a cut jobs may need a dozen bags of mulch a year while your other larger yards need 300 bags of mulch. The bigger properties are also the ones that usually generate the most winter work and keep cash in your pockets year round.
I agree to some extent but disagree to another... if you have a lot of smaller lawns in a tighter route, you're going to make more money than if you were to have a big lawn then a 10 minute drive then a big lawn and another drive. A tighter route is more important than the size of the lawn.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:41 PM
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That's nothing for a business. My average is over $60hr. I worked 3.5hrs yesterday cutting 3 properties and grossed almost $100hr.
See this is the difference. He only worked for 3.5hrs. He only moved the truck three times. Try moving the truck 3-4 times per hour on a three man crew for 9hours a day. Crap, in three hours you don't even need to find a bathroom. This is why many small part time operaters don't even know what a true daily average is.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:38 PM
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I agree to some extent but disagree to another... if you have a lot of smaller lawns in a tighter route, you're going to make more money than if you were to have a big lawn then a 10 minute drive then a big lawn and another drive. A tighter route is more important than the size of the lawn.
I have a lot of the bigger properties but a handful of the smaller ones as well. The smaller ones can make you some quick money in the summer but those bigger ones pay the mortgage year round. Even my smaller properties are mostly $300K homes that generate ten times the work that your average starter homes generate.
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