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Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by zechstoker, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,068

    when we did only residential, talking to each customer and collecting at the door took between 5-7 minutes...customers would 'hold my money hostage'..stand there and talk or give instructions, or go get the money...

    6 minutes x 20 yards =120 minutes per day...

    crew of 2 should be able to easily mow a few more yards in that time-
     
  2. The Grounds Crew

    The Grounds Crew LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    If I were you I wouldn't be so against hiring another employee. You say you have calls coming in left and right so hire someone that you trust to manage one maintenance division. Then you can get another crew started that you can manage. You can always get rid of the employee if it doesn't work. Give it a try, you don't have too much to lose.
     
  3. Duekster

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

    Some people try that and they have the right once in a while but either they are happy or they are not. I do agree with billing not collecting. I doubt all 20 would be home however.
     
  4. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    Yeah, the vast majority of our customers either mail us a check or pay online through our website's PayPal account. I'd say probably 4 of my customers physically hand me a payment to turn into the office.
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  5. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    Yeah, I heard talk today that the "head honcho" boss is thinking about hiring another guy to help out, part time at very least. Ultimately, the real task is going to be trying to find a good match for us. He's also talking about getting me a WB, which would be nice. There was some other talk too about expanding our pest control department; getting another route set up there which means another truck and spray rig for that. Looks like we're going to be expanding in more ways than I thought. Question is: Where to begin? We'll have to see what our financial situation can afford us now.
     
  6. vinnieobrien

    vinnieobrien LawnSite Member
    Posts: 193

    i can only WISH i was in that predicament ._.
     
  7. Duekster

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

    It is not too hard really.
    You just need a good presence.
     
  8. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 3,563

    Its not hard really.....just be a lowballer that buys jobs. You can buy work all day long and be busy as hell.


    I would rather make money and not pay someone to do their dirty work.

    Freaking lowballers.....


    Dave...
     
  9. vinnieobrien

    vinnieobrien LawnSite Member
    Posts: 193

    Well I wouldn't wanna be a low baller. I'm doing this the right way. I'm still on the setting up stages. I am getting my business lisence soon. Got some insurance quotes about to file dba. I'm no low baller out to steal people's clients. My goal is 40 a Week.
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  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    40/week sounds about right for a solo that is my goal also. I'm at 35 total now but the phone is ringing and I'm adding clients everyday, and I'm certainly not the cheapest guy out there nor do I want to be. It's been a great year so far, much different than last year for sure.
     

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