How much $ can i make?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JMiller08, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. JMiller08

    JMiller08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    Heres my story. I am just turning 18, just graduated. I started helping out on small landscape projects and caught the bug. I picked up one lawn and with a few small jobs and that one accoun i was able to buy a brand new echo backpak blower stick edger and trimmer. All echo. I used my 21 in pusher. Loaded in and out of my pickup. I want to go big time this spring. I have talked to my local small business planning group and have everything planned out. I am purchasing a used w/b and trailer this winter. Will be doing lots of advertising. Now heres the question, how much money can i possibly make my first year with hopefully a packed schedule. Most lawns in my town are from .25 to .5 of an acre, mow trim edge blow. 5 day work week. How much can i make. Please give me an idea guys you are the pros! Thanks for reading i know it was long.
     
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    millions.....
     
  3. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    Figure out your minimum price and how many weekly lawns your goal is for the first year. Multiply!
     
  4. davis45

    davis45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 985

    2 million with one helper seems legit.
     
  5. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    Here are the assumptions

    Mow solo
    15 lawns per day = 60 lawns per week
    Average price $35 per lawn
    Average overhead $5 per lawn
    30 week season

    60 lawns x (35-5) = $1800 per week
    $1800 x 30 weeks = $54,000

    The things that are going to decrease your profit this year are the fact that you are not starting out with a full customer load and the revenue will not be there. You will also spend more money on advertising and on equipment. You will end up with significantly less than the $54,000 projected.
     
  6. davis45

    davis45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 985


    hmmm? 15 per day would be 75 lawns my friend.

    $5 per lawn overhead? Does that include trimmer, mower, truck, trailer, fuel, blower, trimmer string etc?

    30 weeks? We're not in Oklahoma, over here I think we get about 28-30 if there is a perfect season and weather, in reality maybe 24-28.

    My guess, starting out with one lawn, working solo. You may be able to Net $5-8k next season. Given that you pick up some more customers.
     
  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    a packed schedule is'nt realistic for your first year.
     
  8. J.A.G LAWNCARE

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    dude no way 2 know what you might or might not make ............................
     
  9. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    You are right, it should be 75. Adjust numbers accordingly.

    I did however account for the shorter mowing season. I do 36 weeks down here although I admit that we are pushing the envelope a little. When I am figuring my yearly numbers, I figure on 30 full weeks because the first and last few weeks get a little sparse.
     
  10. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,123

    Everyone's different, but my overhead runs about $13 per lawn, which includes depriciation on equipment that everyone seems to forget about.

    I would like to know how to pick up 75 lawns in one season, let alone your first when you are starting from basically scratch. Everyone I talk to is lucky to get 15 per year, spending thousands on advertising.
     

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