Season starts today. Outlook for '06

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TURFLORD, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 834

    Sent out the reconfirm letters today with some modest price increases. Waiting to see what this year has in store. I asked a question a while back about how everyones year went. Got odd answers. Everybody in the real world around me said it was a down year. Here in the virtual world said it was an up year. I think some people didn't want to admit less sales than '04 which was stellar. So I'll ask again. How was your year and what is your outlook for '06. Please, only lco's in high density suburban areas with high market saturation of competion answer, and don't be afraid to tell the truth.payup
     
  2. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    holding on for the ride hopeing this year is better then last.
    everythig cost more and can only pass on so much of the cost to the customers.
    hope this year is better for everyone
     
  3. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 372

    Tough year last year due to "STUPID" financial decisions of the past. I have a much better outlook for the coming year due to associations with others, better equipment, lower overhead, and an incredible client retention rate.
     
  4. nmez21

    nmez21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    Last year was a bit tough, good luck this time around.
     
  5. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,185

    tough for me here in Florida, but mostly because of gas prices&alot of equiptment problems.
     
  6. beautifullawns

    beautifullawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 313

    Last year business was up 100%. We added almost 20 customers. Very busy. So far we have only added 1 contract this year. It seems all condos i bidded on, someone else bid almost half. :confused: I can't figure out how people are staying in business for some of these prices. I am still hoping to get some good contracts though.
    good luck to all:drinkup:
     
  7. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 372

    I think you just hit the nail on the head. These quotes being submitted may not be going-concerns. It may be the start-ups that are unaware of their costs of doing business. Don't worry...in a matter of months, they will bury themselves with work and lack of income. They will bail out of the business as quick as they got into it.

    When you think about it, it is almost a "great thing" that these guys flood the market at the beginning of each year. It means we get a better selection of used equipment for next year's business.

    The contracts will come....don't worry. Stick to your professionalism, including pricing, insurance and presentation.
     
  8. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    Our gross was up approx 17% in '05 vs '04. I hope to go up again this year. We keep "upgrading" clients. Not necessarily servicing more clients, just dropping less profitable accounts and signing up new more profitable ones.
     
  9. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    Last season we did really well with smaller landscape jobs, we were busy just about every weekend. Mowing was soso, we picked up a few new customers but nothing great, but steady. We just bought out another company today and it comes with 25 or so clients, 40%commercial 60%long time customers. So this year we are expecting a great year. We'll see.:dizzy:
     
  10. lawnsbyrj

    lawnsbyrj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    last year was year 2 for me full time. and over all I had a bigger year. but I also added about 8 accounts and added some services we did not do last year. if things grow like last year and we have a better Growing season this year will be OK
     

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