1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community in the Franchising forum .

    Dismiss Notice

Going big

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by double e, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. double e

    double e LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    We are currently pushing a little over 200 accounts- 90 percent residential-
    Thinking of growing a bit next year-
    I might tackle some larger accounts- possibly mobile home parks, and large common areas, and malls

    I hate sending 2 guys to cut 30 different places in one day- when I can send them to 1-3 places

    Currently working on an acount for state- 175 acres of open cutting- Nice job for my Case IN

    What are your thoughts
  2. BBS

    BBS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    175 acres of open cut... That's a mowers dream isn't it? ;)

    as far as going after more accounts,why not? You're established so just hire a few more guys and there really shouldn't be much thought process involved
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    the only concern that I would have is the quality and personal attention that you can provide to this extra accounts. I would first ask myself , "Can I maintain these extra accounts with falling behind in work, quality suffering, able to still offer additional services and other the same personal attention."
  4. double e

    double e LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    Tideman- Thats my biggest concern- I have the equipment, employees shouldn't be a problem- Worried about quality of work.

    I have a chance to bid on 1 proposal- 9 mobile home parks- string trim common areas only- I heard its running about $300,000 per year- sounds nice but alot of preperation.

    I figure 6-8 more employees off the back-
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Its a mowers dream if the amount of money you keep makes you have dreams instead of nightmares....;)

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    are these the mobile home parks that COPS tapes there shows in:gunsfirin
  7. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 965

    Had a few lco's fold up here gettin bigger, and hirin more employees. IMO....the more employees, the less the quality, an the more complaints.

    Theres always an exception, just make sure your the exception
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Good luck. Watch the cash flow.
  9. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    If you can do it then go for it! The only possible problems I see are: any problems you currently have may just get worse, more employee issues less time for you unless you find crew leaders that can handle the employees. Best of luck to you in whatever you decide.


Share This Page