Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ladibugg, Sep 19, 2002.

  1. ladibugg

    ladibugg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    What percentage of the lawn/landscape sales become profit?
    What percentage of sales go to reimbersable cost?
    What percentage go to buying and maintaining equipment ?
    I know one of the rags ( I don't remember which one) give averages per state. I am just mistified at my costs of doing business. What should one do to keep cost down. I know about packing a sack lunch and making routes flow. but from a business stand what do all you grey beards do to make sure you are profitable?
  2. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166


    Hi where in Oakland County are you? I am in the Clarkston/Brandon area.


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  3. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    good questions...wish I had the answers. I simply take all my yearly fixed costs, add the varaible costs such as mower run time costs, handheld costs and then add them together for a "crude" cost/profit/income number...I believe someone posted some good ideas on this back in late winter...sorry cant remember the thread name
  4. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,712

    You can't by percentages even though every business has them. Read some of my old posts on these kinds of topics. They will help you organize your costs into categories that will then give you useful information for planning purposes.

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