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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by indian, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. indian

    indian LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    I am new to this forum. I am a teacher/coach full time and do not anticipate giving up this job. I love working on my own yard and am thinking about quitting coaching and getting into the business part time, alone, and then maybe eventually having a small crew once I have established the business. I will start slow and only take jobs that I think that I can handle. My main question is, what kind of profit can I reasonbly expect to have by my self and evenually with a one small crew. I am trying to decide if I can possibly make more money doing this than coaching(coach's don't get paid much for the number of hours that we put in). I will appreciate all responses and insights into helping me with my decision. Thanks .
  2. Ajays

    Ajays LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    You can expect to make an average of at least $30 per cut per client so with 30 to 40 weekly clients you can expect to earn $1000/week just mowing.(all residentials) Insurance is relatively cheap for a new company maybey $500/year and expect to pay about $50 in gas each week depending on driving time. By yourself with a good mower, 10 residentials per day is a good estimated average. Getting the client base built up and being able to handle the odd jobs+ the mowing is the key.

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    It will vary with your market.

    Do a search on the word "solo" and you will find a wealth of information.

    For a quick answer, one guy, one truck, 1 walk behind and a 21"?
    If you can keep the equipment at your house, your basic expenses will be cost of equipment + insurance + taxes +gas,oil,parts,ect.

    A basic dollar amount per hour might range from $30-$50 per hr.
    If a 10K lawn takes 30 min, you can figure out how many lawns you can handle by how many hours you have to spare.

    If you can produce $20,000 part time, with lower expenses, you might net out $15,000 per year. Remember, these #'s are guesstimates and can really vary, but with a calculator, you can get a general idea.

    I say-do it. :blob3:
  4. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Especially if you like coaching.

    And don't forget the value of your benefits, if any.

    Not to be discouraging, but you really have to like what you do for a living.

    I you like coaching, stick with it. Phil Jackson would have to cut lawns for a lifetime to earn what he does in 1 week coaching.

    It's tough to make money at this. It can be done but you have to manage your time carefully and it can take years to build a profitable route.

    The expenses are staggering once you look at the costs of the necessities of being a professional vs part-timer.

  5. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Albemarle Lawn is a non-profit orgainization.

    If someone is holding a sign and says, "help the poor"

    I tell them, "I'm the poor"
  6. cowman66

    cowman66 Banned
    Posts: 71

    how can u be non-profit? do you just take the money you need and donate the rest, or do u charge low?

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