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Old 07-21-2012, 10:15 PM
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Thinking of dropping some acts.

I am running with 3-4 guys every day and at least 2 Saturdays per month. Turning in around 10-13K/month billing, busting my ass as well as working my guys pretty hard and still having a real hard time getting all the bills paid. Yes, I am fully insured and on the books. I have to do something different? Thinkinjg real seriously about dropping apx. 10-15 biwkly acts. that are very marginal and never allow me to do any extras, just your tiypical 40-45.00 resi.maintenance acts that are on the outerlimits of my general area of service (travel/curb time). My thinking is this may allow me to give better service and cultivate my better accounts. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I don't believe in just turning money over to gloat about the number of accounts that I have!
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:25 PM
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sound like maybe you need raise your price or find better accounts
How many accounts do have to mow
What size mowers you run
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:30 PM
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Bi-weekly isn't worth the trouble. I did them 1st year, then dropped them. There's to much full time work out there. Get rid of the cheapskates.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:33 PM
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about 50 res. and 10 sm to med hoa's (2-3 hrs w/ 4 guys) and 2 larger hoa's 4 hrs w/ 4 guys. I have the full line of equip. 22,32,36 and 48 wb's and 42,48 z's
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:37 PM
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We have around 110 bi-weeklys.I like them alot better than the full maintenance accounts u spend so much time trimmin bushes and all other stuff they expect u to do.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:41 PM
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Bi-weekly isn't worth the trouble. I did them 1st year, then dropped them. There's to much full time work out there. Get rid of the cheapskates.
I have always had trouble aquiring wkly acts. Funny you should mention that as I am thinking of spending some bucks and marketing to some of the nicer neiborhoods I work in, but truthfully the weeklys I have are mostly PIA's. In my area we have been hit with so many lowballers that if you try to stay legit (which I am) you can't compete on price. I am also thinking about not marketing at all for more res. acts and continueing to go after small to med HOA's??????????????
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:01 PM
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about 50 res. and 10 sm to med hoa's (2-3 hrs w/ 4 guys) and 2 larger hoa's 4 hrs w/ 4 guys. I have the full line of equip. 22,32,36 and 48 wb's and 42,48 z's
Well if you have say 60'' on hand you might spend less time at some accounts and you might let one helper go
and maybe your accounts to small for a 60'' mower
Around here so many lowballs bidding long time ago I had do something myself
So I bought bigger mowers since I did that I didnt need alot help and less lowballers at this level
lowballers drives prices down only way I could stay in range I bought faster and bigger mowers
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:14 PM
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There is a ton of analysis that you can do on your business to see which direction would be most profitable for your company. You can look at your routes and let go the accounts that are farthest outside of your weekly route, the money you save in fuel and drive time may help make up the difference. You can also look at just getting rid of your biweekly accounts like you had mentioned.

If you can start condensing your service area to cover a smaller geographical area, start targetting neighbors of your existing clients and tightening your routes, you can start to increase your revenue.

Look at your services that give you the best margins, it makes no sense to really advertise services that you only profit $20 on when for that same amount of time you could have made $50 providing a different service.

I think if you really want to tighten things up in your business you may want to consult with a professional and start to really dig into things in your business.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:25 PM
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If you have too much work in this economy it probably means you are lowballing and maybe badly, so raise your prices, problem solved.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:16 AM
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Remember this, your largest expense in business is LABOR! It's not always the best to be the biggest and the baddest in your area. Streamline and decrease your labor. If you put a pencil to it, your employees clear more cash than you at the end of the month. I have 59 residential and commercial accounts. I will only use someone periodically if I get behind or on my larger commercial accounts. Outside of that, I take care of everything else. Watch your labor with both eyes very carefully!
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