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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Greensmith33547, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    I have not but that does not mean I won't just kind of planning right now.
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Here you will learn from the school of old knocks.
    I think you need an accountant in the beginning to help you set up books.
    You have to learn them for yourself.

    I suspect Texas is the next most competitive state but our season is not as long.
     
  3. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,597

    Obviously it is easier for someone who has a year or two (or more) under their belt to look at their expenses and get an idea of what they are working with.

    You need to set up a chart of accounts and do your very best to guesstimate what you will spend on all of these different categories... usually the things hardest to guess on are labor, subcontractors and cost of goods sold (fertilizer, seed, soil, mulch, etc.)

    Numbers never lie. Everyone's situation is different. Everyone runs their business differently. Everyone has different expenses.
     
  4. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    This is an under statement ... if this person has to ask these basic type questions he really shouldn't go into business for himself ... at least until he gets a better understanding of these things !!
     
  5. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674


    That's why I combined work day's and cut out yard's I didn't like.
     
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    That and 3 day weekends are good. You only work 1/4 days on those 3 days. The rest are 1/2 days. ... 6 am to 6 PM is my favorite.
     
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,245

    Well I dont cut grass at night, in summer I work 5 to 6 days per week, sometimes 7.

    My route is full or even over overbooked, driving 40 miles round trip is not unreasonable.

    Dont underestmate the expense of a lawncare business.
     
  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Rural vs urban but even then
     
  9. Greensmith33547

    Greensmith33547 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Thanks, but I thought that is what I'm doing on here.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  10. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    I use to work like that, I just don't care too anymore.
     

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