How many cut,blow and go solo operators out there?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by K.Carothers, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am in my first full season this year. My question is who simply cuts only being a solo operation? I love to cut. Can you net 50-60k/yr? If so, share your success on how you do it. I know some customers might need a little extra here and there but for the most part I am only interested in cutting.
    Thanks in advance for all input!
     
  2. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good luck when you mow and go it makes it hard to retain customers. I know a few people who did that then the customer would want edgeing and weeding mulch and all that good crap. So they would tell them to get someone else and guess what usally they just prefer to have one person do it all cause I am the one who steals yards from the mowblow and go. You might do it but you will have a hard time retaining customers.
     
  3. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Hmmm......netting $50-60k a year, just cutting grass, and solo? I can't see it.

    Especially seeing where you're located, where you have a fairly short season for grass cutting.
     
  4. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks Drew. I heard about a company named just mowing? Have you heard of them? I am told they have over 2000 lawn accounts and use only 21" mowers supported by 10 crews. Is that possible? Just searching for answers/direction for the 2005 season.
     
  5. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
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    30wks max/yr. and the unpredictable weather ;) ;)
     
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have to agree with Drew on this one
     
  7. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    Most of my customers are not looking to have big landscape installs done, but still from time to time they need other work done. I just do my best to squeeze this in wherever possible. I also know a landscaper that doesn't do any mowing, I refer people to him sometimes.
     
  8. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    TJ is a LawnSite member from the Dallas area. Do a search on him, you'll find a lot of info about his company. Of course, he is not doing 2000 a week solo. When you get to be his size you can pretty much do whatever you want. If he loses some customers to full-service LCOs he has the resources to replace them, and then some.
     
  9. Four C. Landscaping

    Four C. Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    If you are solo then the only way that I see it is as follows.
    $50,000 divided by 52 weeks =$961.53 per week divided by $30.00 per lawn=30.05 lawns a week every week just to maintain your minimum.Good luck just the same. payup
     
  10. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    But that still only has him GROSSING $50k, not NETTING. He'd have to make considerably more then $50k to NET $50k.
     

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