Income/Expense ratio?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by thelawnguy, Jan 5, 2001.

  1. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Wondering what everyones expenses as a percentage of gross income were last year (before taxes)?

    My preliminary numbers from 2000 show my expenses for lawncare/snowplowing combined were 23 per cent of my total gross income. So I kept 77 per cent of the money handed to me. My goal this year is to get that number under 20 per cent.
     
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    My expenses ran about 25% of gross. I do expect them to be lower next year because I will not be making some of the big dollar items I bought this year.
     
  3. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 695

    When you say expenses are you talking Cost of Goods sold as well. If so you run a pretty tight ship. Being an accountant I always look at profit margin, that is net income compared to sales. For the year ending we were at approximately 54%. I think the industry average is in the mid 20's so I think we did pretty well.
     
  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    We made some pretty hefty purchases this past season.

    Unfortunately my eyes were bigger than my belly --- 36%
     
  5. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Of course! Expenses are just that. But being an accountant, I can see why you would ask, what with all that creative stuff and all ;) ... LOL...

    A related story:

    My friend saw his accountant yesterday to do his quarterly taxes, he had a good fall and also a handsome liability but lo, he had no money to pay the IRS so his accountant told him, have a seat, hocus pocus, no more liability, what have we here, ooppps, its a loss for the quarter how did I miss that...sad part is, somebody else is going to have to grab their ankles to make up for that tax revenue he "suddenly" didnt have to pay.

    Ill put the soapbox away now, and quit my rant...
     
  6. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    Gotta love a good CPA. I haven't done my taxes in years and don't mind signing my name next to theirs on my return knowing that they'll be answering the questions if any arise.
     
  7. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    15% here...(That's before taxes as requested.)
     
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    I wish i could find a magic cpa around stanley
    county nc.A miracle or two would be great this time.
     

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