How realistic?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bkdlawnCo, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. bkdlawnCo

    bkdlawnCo LawnSite Member
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    how realistic is it that i could get 28-30 accounts for next season...i currently have 2 that are onboard for sure for next season....?
     
  2. LHSlawnman86

    LHSlawnman86 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 153

    since i am also 16 i can honestly tell you that you will have to bust your ass to accomplish that. if you work hard you can prolly get about 12. i currently have 7 and i have it made, my uncle who owns a lawn business is moving and selling me 25 of his yards. and if you get any decent amount of yards you will need a commercial walk behind to take the beating. good luck dude
     
  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you bust your butt and put our door flyers every time you have some free time, you could do this. I remember back in the early days of my business, we were growing by about 30-40 new accounts each year.
     
  4. DistLawns

    DistLawns LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 120

    I think your going about it all wrong. The number of accounts you have is irrelevent, its the dollar amount you want to take home. Figure out how much you want to make a week, and think realisticly how to get it. Bidding on some smaller to medium size commercial might be a quick jumpstart to your goal. Throw in some residentials with a couple commercial, you may just be surprised how much cash you can realy make. Good luck
     
  5. DistLawns

    DistLawns LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 120

    Just realized your only 16, commercial wont work for you if you got to go back to class in Sept. Stick with resis for now. But just out of curiosity, how would you handle thirty residentials when you have class all day and baseball after school?
     
  6. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I picked yo a 120 new ones this year
     
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,414

    No problem I get 65-75 new accounts each season for the last 3 years. Here's the trick quit your job and have no other income if you want to eat you're get those accounts.
     
  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,842

    I'll have to disagree with most of this. I think the number of accounts is a very important thing. It means you have the ultimate security. Sure, you could get 4 big commercial accounts and be making $40,000 per year with those 4. But what happens next year when they open up bidding again and you lose 3 of them? Then, you've lost 3/4 of your income! Don't think that can happen? Let me introduce you to a guy who had that happen to him.

    On the other hand, it might take you 40 residential customers to make that same $40,000 per year. But if 3 of them cancel the next year, it's really no big deal. First, they are fairly easy to replace. Second, that's only a small chunk of your entire income.

    There's real security in having a large number of accounts.
     
  9. bkdlawnCo

    bkdlawnCo LawnSite Member
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    well i can handle about 2 residentials a day(depending on size) with school and baseball to about the 10th of June...so somehow i would have to make contracts and agreements that start after that... and then i can do them till september 1st or so...
     
  10. bkdlawnCo

    bkdlawnCo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    i could get a couple commercials and have 2 commercials that i have to do each week till i'm out of school...then i could still do then when i'm in school...i get out of school at 1:25pm everyday so i could be to a commercial account by 2-2:30pm....working it arround baseball is i would have to do it after days that i have practice...which means i would be able to be at an account by 4pm...
     

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