industry standards for land. maintenance co.

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by springbokker, May 21, 2004.

  1. springbokker

    springbokker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Hi,
    Our Landscape maint. co. will be a year old in July. We have worked our tails off during this first year to create a contract base of more than 34 contracts and also done around $18 000 in small installation jobs (adding beds to existing scapes, annual gardens). We think that we will end our first year with around 45 - 55 contracts on our books and hope to increase the installation side of the business. I recently hired our first two employees after numerous attempts to find quality people.

    As I have no way of measuring our development thus far I am hoping that some of you seasoned owners out there will give me an idea as to what you might think. Are we growing too slowly or are we exceeding the average growth of startup companies in this industry. We started with a truck/trailer/36" mower/push mower/weedeater/blower.

    My main concern though, is how to determine the industry standards - especially for staffing. What % of gross is used as the guideline for wage costs. Any other industry standards would also be very valuable to us.

    Thanks for the help,
    Clint Weimann
    Good Natured Gardening
     
  2. nuchdig

    nuchdig LawnSite Member
    from oh
    Posts: 43

    I don't know of any hard a fast rules to guide you. As far as staffing is concerned, I hire more help when the existing help is maxed out (defined as six ten hour days). At that point I hire in a new guy or two and expect to pick up more business. It's kind of a short-sighted approach to planning but it keeps my labor costs in line. The same goes for equipment. I buy another truck when all the others are full & it's time to hire! Yep, it's a seat of the pants/instinctual way to go about things but it works for me.
     
  3. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 707

    You might want to call your state 'green' association, if your state doesnt have one (i think they all do, or at least should) contact PLCAA

    www.plcaa.org
     
  4. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I think a lot of times only you can really gage how well everything is coming along. You know your business more than others.
     

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