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Losing money already

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Sunstate Lawn, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Sunstate Lawn

    Sunstate Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 143

    This is my first thread on lawnsite, but I've enjoyed reading your posts for about 2 months. I have two employees, and I'm trying do mostly communities and commercial properties. My company is brand new, but I do know a little about running a business. Any way I misunderstood what could and could not be dumped at my local landfill and I ended up paying twice as much. Live and learn.:rolleyes:.

  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,923

    If this is your only surprise, you may be well on your way to success.
  3. lawnmagicinc

    lawnmagicinc LawnSite Member
    from jax fl
    Posts: 48

    i agree with you roger
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    This was always an issure for me too...

    Wait untill your bill reaches 2 to 3 thousand a month and you catch people throwing trash and such on your trailer while you at a clean up job...

    I guess I'll never forget that lady....I simply couldn't make her understand that I have to pay to dump, so should she....
  5. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    around here you can't dump any form of lawn waste be it leaves, grass, branches or anything else at our landfill, they won't take anything.

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,169

    2G's a month .....man what are the rates to dump in Texas ???
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I know this isn't as easy as it sounds, but you just have to charge accordingly.

    See I went through this school...
    For several years I would go out of my way to find cheaper places to dump, and for some time I used to pride myself on how good I was at it, but after time I found it's just always that same thing...
    Works great for however long but sooner or later I'm out of a place to dump again!

    That in itself I might've been all right with, but what eventually got to me was the constant cheapness which was ultimately responsible for me having to look around in the first place, that was the straw that broke the camel's back. So one day I just got tired of it, I wasn't getting paid for all the extra rigmarole and really the only side that was benefiting was the customer in ways of lower hauling fees.

    Now I just go to Shoosmith Landfill, they have regular business hours, are well known and they accept credit cards.
    It may sound funny to call a landfill professional, but these guys even spray the dirt roads down with water during the day so our trucks don't get dusty I am not kidding.
    It costs $40 a load on my 6x12x2, so I charge $200 for hauling, per load (it does get a little cheaper per multi-trailer loads but)...
    The worst part is the smell on days the wind is just wrong.
    But other than that it was the best thing I ever did, one size fits all solution.

    It hurt at first but it eliminated all of the Sandford & Son type requests, now I'm better off.
  8. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    It sounds like you figured out how to control your expenses and your business while making money at the same time ... that's what I call entrepreneurship !!
  9. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    I pay $10.85 for the first 550lbs and $0.30 each pound after.
  10. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    Lawnpro -- What do you do with the debris ?? Where do you put it ??

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