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Old 03-23-2013, 10:02 PM
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Starting out... month by month

for those people who recently started a business within the last 4 or 5 years how many customers did you see within the first year of doing business. I am trying to get some numbers to go off of for my business plan
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:13 PM
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20 is a good goal
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:07 PM
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45...

network with other LCO's...this helps.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:36 PM
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I'm going into my third season and I had 50 by the end of my first. Roughly half of those were biweekly.

I'm sure the numbers will vary wildly depending on location, equipment used, and types of properties.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:08 PM
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dang you guys are lucky. this is my third year and i'm just now getting close to 20.

i had 15-20 my first year then i lost about 3-4 because they moved. the next year i gained about 5 but then lost 4 more that moved. it's like i can't get ahead really. i actually have less now than i did my first year but i'm making more money. i have 2 that pay $125 a cut which is good money. 2 1/2 acre yards. every small yard around here the owners cut it themselves. i've had 3 estimates so far this year and i picked up 1.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:00 PM
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dang you guys are lucky. this is my third year and i'm just now getting close to 20.

i had 15-20 my first year then i lost about 3-4 because they moved. the next year i gained about 5 but then lost 4 more that moved. it's like i can't get ahead really. i actually have less now than i did my first year but i'm making more money. i have 2 that pay $125 a cut which is good money. 2 1/2 acre yards. every small yard around here the owners cut it themselves. i've had 3 estimates so far this year and i picked up 1.

I don't know about "lucky". You're the one with a $125/cut account! LOL

My stuff is all small. "Push mower" stuff. I work alone.
Like I said, the number will vary depending on how you work.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:25 PM
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30 regular bi-weekly's.

I could see someone getting 40-45 accounts in one season if they really tried.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:26 PM
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30 regular bi-weekly's.

I could see someone getting 40-45 accounts in one season if they really tried.

I didn't try hard.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:34 PM
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dang you guys are lucky. this is my third year and i'm just now getting close to 20.

i had 15-20 my first year then i lost about 3-4 because they moved. the next year i gained about 5 but then lost 4 more that moved. it's like i can't get ahead really. i actually have less now than i did my first year but i'm making more money. i have 2 that pay $125 a cut which is good money. 2 1/2 acre yards. every small yard around here the owners cut it themselves. i've had 3 estimates so far this year and i picked up 1.
At least you know you aren't low balling. We've done 5 and picked up 2. I don't mind if we don't get all of them. The way I look at it is bid as many as possible and stick to a fair price or what you need to make and don't go below it just to get work.
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1 our first season....

year 5 I think we hit 6?
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