Any 1 man crews out there?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by printer88, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. printer88

    printer88 LawnSite Member
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    I used to mow/landscape full time and enjoyed it but things in my life changed and I went back to a 9-5. One thing that plagued me then was finding decent help. No matter how good I paid I just couldn't get anyone that would be dependable. Do any of you guys work alone? What are the positives/negatives to this?
     
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm back and forth with help. Sometimes alone and sometimes a part timer. I hope next year I can push over the edge and get a full time guy and take away some of this burden. Right now I can do all the work by myself in about 55 hours. That's all good till we get some rain and then I'm way behind. With help I can work 40 hours and be done in 4 days with one day to sell or sit at the house.
     
  3. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I can do all the mowing myself but I usually use a few friends of mine for help when I get mulch jobs or clean ups. They wish I had enough work for them 40 hrs a week.
     
  4. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I like wear I am at right now, but being solo were some of the most stress/worry free days I lived. Plus the overhead starts to creap up one you have more people working for you.
     
  5. mont750

    mont750 LawnSite Member
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    I work 99 % of the-time solo. It limits me on the volume I do but I operate as a second income anyway. On bigger jobs I sometimes use a helper but just cant find the right person to do it on regular basis.
     
  6. Cummins343

    Cummins343 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 2,468

    Been solo for 6 years :drinkup:
     
  7. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    How about it! Bring it on, come on, come in!
     
  8. BROWNS LAWN CARE

    BROWNS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    Solo here. Goal is to within 5 years have the business built up to where 2 employees can handle the mow route in 4 days and leaving friday open for fertilizing and maintenance. That will free me up to focus building up my other business.
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  10. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    Solo....but during the summer have the son (12yrs) help weed-wip.
     

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