How much income should a two man employee only crew bring in in a day mowing?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by jasonnau, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. southern118

    southern118 LawnSite Member
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    i understand but these are small lots and they are grouped in 3 to 5 lots within walking distance of each other. on that day the only time we move the truck is down the street while the mower is driving down the street no loading it. we work very hard to out run the mower
  2. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,010

    I believe it, but you have to remember a $500,000 home there also will cost $150,000 in another part of the country, which is why it totally pointless to talk pricing on national scale, cost of living is dramatically different.

    I'm Gonna move to Zimbabwe and beat you all because I will be netting zim$1,000,000,000 per hour.
  3. we dig it

    we dig it LawnSite Member
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    How you making this daily? How many accounts do you service daily on average?
  4. keepoffthegrass

    keepoffthegrass LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 212


    he is right on my number. 750-850 per 9-10hr day if its 12hrs so be it.

    $1000 for a 3 man crew

    $1350 for a 4 man mafia

    I quote large 4man crew stuff at 1350/day (4 guys, 26' gooseneck/crew cab & 4l ZTR's) I am winning bids on municiple/school bids etc left and right. All the companys hate me.. am I a low baller?????
  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    It really depends on the list I run 2 two man crews my partner has just half of Milford but has 110 lawns on that side. I have 4 towns on my list but they are bigger lawns and while my cutting list can not compare the difference is 2k a year customers vs. 1k or less a year customers. Now he refused to do his list in 4 days so it was crammed into 3 2800-2950 a week in 3 days mine was 2450-2600 a week in 3 days. So where my best days were like 850 he actually had 1100 dollar days sometimes AND WONT LET ME FORGET IT.

    He had some real help with his numbers that I don't get I got real drive time he doesn't. and when I cut a lawn the price per sqft is significantly less since they are so much larger. I also do not have a 125 dollar a cut 45 min condo job he does. I produce 3-5 yards of grass clippings a day he averages about 1. But they are both still profitable lists his is just more so right till his dries out in summer and all of a sudden he has 4 times the skips I get.
  6. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197

    Those #'s look pretty good. Some days you are grossing around $38 per man hour average for the whole day. That is right where we are.
  7. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When you post your gross per employee don't pull expenses out. It just confuses everyone and you get incorrect info.
  8. aarons lawn

    aarons lawn LawnSite Member
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    when i used to work by my self id gross about 6 to 700 a day
  9. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197

    $500 is a little low. Most of us would expect or like to see $600. At $500 each employee is grossing $250. Assuming a 8hr day with 1.5hrs of downtime thats 6.5hrs of production. The 1.5 wasted hrs is bathroom breaks, loading/unloading, driving between accounts. Usually on a tight route there is about 5 minutes of downtime between jobs. Assuming they do 18 lawns a day thats 90 minutes of downtime. So with only 6.5 hrs of production each employee is averaging $38/per hour on the jobsite and $31/per hour throughout the day. I personally would like to see it a tad higher but that is not awful.

    RECESSION PROOF MOWING LawnSite Senior Member
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    THAT'S MY TARGET FOR MYSELF AND ONE OTHER. $500 per day is getting more like it. Mind you that's two total folks with me being one. If you are speaking of yourself the owner and two others on the clock, adjust appropriately. I pay my guys $75 per day, so two would be $150 labor where 25% labor cost x $400 day ain't much so you have to boost it up. $75 labor off $400 gross is good. My numbers and percentages should keep you within reasonable profitability.

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