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Old 04-21-2013, 07:07 PM
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Lets give Sydney a chance guys. I read an old thread about TJ Justice (Just Mowing) and a lot of people chided him...turned out he knew what he was talking about.
I'm not picking on him. I had a lengthy chat with him and we agreed to disagree and that was that. I don't have any problems with him. I just wanted to know how we was doing.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:20 AM
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I'm not picking on him. I had a lengthy chat with him and we agreed to disagree and that was that. I don't have any problems with him. I just wanted to know how we was doing.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:06 AM
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You make a good point about not feeling ready. One of the best tools to help you know how much growth you can handle is a good profit & loss report.
While I am somewhat interested in a report from the annoying Aussie, the reason I clicked on this thread is because I don't know whether or not (or how) to go to the next level in my business.

I am turning away a lot of work, which hurts, but I'm more afraid to invest in new equipment and employees and possibly lose control, hurt my reputation, and lose everything.

Which is what intrigued me about your post, d.l. What's a good profit & loss report in this industry look like, and what would I look for in it to help with my decision?

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Old 05-02-2013, 11:22 AM
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Do you use accounting software? ^^
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:48 AM
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nope. ledger book.

i'm an old guy i guess

willing to look into it though
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:41 PM
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While I am somewhat interested in a report from the annoying Aussie, the reason I clicked on this thread is because I don't know whether or not (or how) to go to the next level in my business.

I am turning away a lot of work, which hurts, but I'm more afraid to invest in new equipment and employees and possibly lose control, hurt my reputation, and lose everything.

Which is what intrigued me about your post, d.l. What's a good profit & loss report in this industry look like, and what would I look for in it to help with my decision?

Thanks,
Jon
Your prices should of had enough profit for you to buy new equipment to grow. So no need to fear spending money. The money should of been there because you had the profits to set aside.

Every LCO from the time that they get their first customer should of been looking for good people to hire for the occasional big job that needed the extra man power. They have work with you so they now know how you do things.

The people that have helped you out from time to time are now a pool of potential steady part time employees.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:54 PM
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two of my sons used to work for me full time but they both went back to college.

what i'm really interested in is, what does a good profit and loss statement look like for an LCO, and what should I look for in it?
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:56 PM
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After an injury, I decided to start doing book keeping and accounting for local businesses focusing on LCO's. I charge 30-$200/ mo depending on size. I use top line quick books. .... Look into quick books or quicken. Maybe sage. Difficult to learn. But it will show p&l and all sorts of reports for you.

Be willing to tele work for you. Maybe free for 40 days to prove since you don't know me personally. Or just purchase some software and learn it.

Good luck either way friend
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:06 PM
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thanks, 250, that's very kind of you.

ok if I get back to you on that? I'll be slowing down here in a month or so.

Thanks again,
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:11 PM
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Sure. Not a problem. Pm me and I'll give you some info on what I can do.
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