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2007 Business Plan

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Trinity Lawn Care LLC, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 946

    How many are already working on their 2007 business plan?

    I know that this year is not yet over, but we have already started our planning for the 2007 season.

    It is amazing how much your business can change from year to year. We have already made some pretty drastic changes that are going to have a major impact for next year.
  2. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    like what?
  3. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    I got some ideas that I'm working on to expand. Mostly services that I can should offer and be doing already. I'm going to send out a thank you letter and inform 2006 customers about the new services that I will be offering for 2007. I know for a fact that I'm buying a 60" dixie extreme and bringing in a helper for 07. I'm also working on new business cards and advertising fliers that will be sent out in the mail. No more door to door for me. 06 has been great for me (I'm solo), for 07 I'm shooting for 50% growth and a little more free time for myself.
  4. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 946

    One of the biggest things that we did was looked at our numbers to really get a grasp of the big picture. We noticed that we were paying an absorbent amount for insurance. I have always been one to make sure that we were properly insured. However, after having a meeting with our insurance guy we realized that we were definitely over insured. We were able to cut almost $2,500 off of our insurance costs.

    The next thing that we looked at is that we are carrying to much back up equipment. This stuff takes up shop space, and if you are not making money with it than it really doesn't make much sense.

    The next thing that we looked at was our routes. We saw were we had some holes in some of our routes and have been working on tightening up our routes.

    We have been looking at our marketing campaigns to look at what has been working for us, and what hasn't so that we can tweak it.

    That is just to mention a few things. We have a lot more brainstorming to do, and planning. However, we feel that we are making moves in the right direction.
  5. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,767

    Thats great insight on whats going on "within your walls" Many of the things you mentioned are some of the issues I will be looking at, especially the routes. For us we have a couple long drive times=wasted gas, wage,time
    and $$$$$$$$$!!!:hammerhead: I will either sell those accounts or try to add more of a presence within those areas.
  6. Classified

    Classified LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 988

    I am working on my first one. My dad owns a lawn care business and he is getting older and will be discontinuing his services next year. I will be picking a bunch of them up as well as adding my own brought in by advertising.

    This will be my first start up company so I want to do it right by starting with a plan.

    I have been lurking this site for some months now and hopefully will have a lot to contribute soon enough.

    You all are a great resource!
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    I do ours in January...I need our year end numbers to do it properly.
  8. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Posts: 554

    i'm looking at one more full time person. I grew by over 30% this year ''06'' and looking at 20% for ''07''. which would be about it for my local area. now i may have to run some aids to get the out of town work but I may be a lawncare consulate selling all my accts. to one person and still working as a consulate with her leasing my equipment. with me doing all maintenance. it something up in the air. with me keeping my winter plowing and shoveling accts.winter watch accts. and driveway sealing side of things
  9. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,889

    nosha, Hows that winter watch progam working out for you? I have considered doing the same around the lakes near me, lots of vandals.
    this was suggested to me last spring for one area near me that the sheriff just dont get into very often. opinion?
    I may need to contact you for some tips if I go for it.
  10. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,889

    oh ya the original post.
    Last winter I spent the better part of the winter rewriting and tweaking the plan, set it in motion and when I got to march the whole thing was so far off I had to do some very quick changes, evaluating and equipment purchases, I was amazed with the turn in events that blindsided me, but, it worked out. the plan, well I suppose it would work for a Bonn fire.

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