From Push to Pride

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by ulclawncare, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. ulclawncare

    ulclawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    When I was 10 y.o. i started out with your basic push mower. I mowed for two years saving enough money to by a craftsman tractor which made me $5,000. Now I own a Craftsman ZTR which i mow 15 weekly contracts with and a spur of the moment job every day, since I can't drive a car, I have to drive my ZTR every where but I haul a trailer with my equipt. in it. But since I live in a neighborhood its not that bad of a drive. I make about $650 per month on a 5 month mowing season so on average i make about $3500 dollars a year which is pretty good for a 14 y.o.
     
  2. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    Well, thats pretty good. keep at it, get yourself insured, and licensed, and you'll be a productive person. I've been stuck with a push mower for the last few years, since I cant quite make enough to get a rider yet.
     
  3. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    if your mowing 15 accounts and only making 650 per month your prices are way too low....thats 43.33 per account per month....around
    10.00 per lawn..... it figures....if you are going to be taken seriously you need to charge market prices....
     
  4. new-man

    new-man LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 63

    since i am a kid i have to give you lots of credit for mowing lawns! but maybe you should charge more per cut-i charge about 30 dollars per cut for lots that take about 1 hr to cut
     
  5. ulclawncare

    ulclawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Thanks Dave/new kid, I will take your suggestion i calculated and i will charge $30 per cut bring in about $2,500 per month and $12,500 per year, which is extremely well for a kid my age
     
  6. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,562

    Good job. I still am pushing at 15 but am getting some big toys soon including my truck. It's good money a lot better than mcdonalds.
     
  7. BrunswickMowing

    BrunswickMowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    So you just "decided" you will be giving your customers a 200% increase, and you expect them to go for it?
     
  8. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    Got that right. McDonalds isnt the best place for guys like us to work. especiallly those of us who cant stay clean for more than 15 minutes.
     
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Why not...My cable company just did that to me?

    And on a side note, I find it quite entertaining how threatened the old timer guys get of the lowballer kids.

    Just think about this. Most of those kids will only mow until they go to college, and then they will get high paying jobs, and us guys who only know how to work can keep getting dirty and drive mowers while they driving mercedes .
     
  10. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    HUH? You have 15 "contracts" which makes around 60 cuts per month. If your going to charge $30 per cut like you say you are thats $1800/month. Don't expect for everyone to jump on a $20/cut increase. What am I missing?

    How big are the lots and what class neighborhood is it?
     

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