How much can a solo make!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cgrant711, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have to say I'm with whiffy on this one, your plan looks really good on paper Kelly, And I'm aware your a very experienced owner, but what I realized when I was trying to do 50 lawns/week solo was the wear and tear I was causing on myself, plus it created no extra time for additional selling that is always needed for growing the business, by the time I was done cutting I was done for the day AND the week. When it's 95 degrees out your going to slow down also so now your 4-5 day week turns into 6-7 day week, and hopefully it doesn't rain throwing another wrench into the equation.
     
  2. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Psh you got 7 days. 50 a week is for noobs
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  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    NO 50 a week full service accounts big difference than just a mow and go company! We won't do mow and go!
     
  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Oh you add blowing? Haha I was doing 10-20 lawns a day solo with one day a week were I went 24hrs. I'm only 23 though and it was a huge slap in the face that I can't let my business run me like my dad let the farm do to him.
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  5. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would agree with that. 30k on the high end 15-20k on the low end take home if you base in off from a 28-30 weeks season. $25-$35 lawn are becoming way too common. It takes a lot of accounts to start making money.
     
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm not 23 so yea that makes a big difference, nothing wrong with the mo and go model if that's your thing, but I never started my business with the intention of only mowing grass, I wanted to evolve into a full scale landscaping company and so far that's where we're headed.
     
  7. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You can gross $1000/day solo, working 8-10hrs. You would have to avg $100/hr throughout the day. Been in business since 1996 and I have never seen it done here or any other company I have spoken to. If you think its because we don't have the equipment, its not. We have pretty much everything there is to own in this business. So what is your secrets? I really need to get this info.
     
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's where I am heading. Its a hard transition from high school/college lawn boy to high scale landscaping company and especially when you are not living with mommy and daddy any more with free room and board. Around here most lawns are are not full service. When the average lawn is 2 acres that do, the cost of full service is to high when average pay is 15 a hr in a shop. Now with the customers I have been gaining post college its a different story. I just have to take the time for my pesticide license.
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  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    In a highly populated area with small lawns :)
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  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    We gross around $1600-$2000/week on the maint side alone when we're at full song and we're not at full capacity yet,when we add in the install side that number goes up substantially. Maint is just a way to keep cash flowing and not where I want to concentrate the direction of the business.
     

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