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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bluflame1914, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. bluflame1914

    bluflame1914 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    I have the oppurtunity to become foreman of a small company where I will drive and work with 1 or 2 other people. The owner is a lawyer and just wants to have me run everything for him. The company is new just started in Jan. and already has 80 yards. My problem is I don't know what kind of salary to ask for. I have 11 yrs. of exp. and I have the know how and smarts to grow the business. I am thinking a percentage of each yard( ex. 30%). he was paying a helper by the hour. so please help me come up with a salary that's fair for both sides. Is 70(him)/30(me) asking to much with him paying the help, maintainance, and gas?
  2. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    30% is definitely too much, at that rate he might as well give you all the companys profit. $15-$20 per hour is about as much as youd be able to get and thats on the high side
  3. bluflame1914

    bluflame1914 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    thanks for the reply.
  4. Your Lawn First

    Your Lawn First LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    I would start at $18
  5. bluflame1914

    bluflame1914 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    well this is what I came up with.
    $13/hr with a $1 increase for every 20 lawns acquired. I run the business, do advertising, build website. work 10 hrs a day. I also bring to the table hedge trimming and roof cleaning. which he currently doesn't do. do yall think this is fair.
  6. backtobasicslawncare

    backtobasicslawncare LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 126

    i think thats a great fair deal for you. good luck with that deal.
  7. Greenery

    Greenery LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    all of our mowers get 45% of every lawn they cut. I think 30% is about right considering he also pays the other two workers wages
  8. EMJ

    EMJ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    If he paid mowers 45% and the foreman 30% he is left with 25% For all the equipment gas and everything else that comes with the business. That will work great for the first year. Save all your money so you can buy him out when he goes bankrupt.
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    80 lawns, 2 or 3 employees, first year. I could get by with $25K a year, but you're in Atlanta - not corn country like me. If you can grow the business, that is the key. Also depends if you're just mowing or (hopefully) doing app's too. One seldom gets rich in the green industry if you work for somebody, so I see an opportunity for you to branch out on your own sometime down the road? Best wishes, american
  10. Greenery

    Greenery LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    been in business since 1964

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