Solo vs employee's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smallstripesnc, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im solo and want to stay solo. Im happy with doing 10-15 a day 5 days a week and idk how you figure expenses would be more than $2000 a month. With a six months mowing season thats $12000 thats plenty to cover taxes, fuel, truck tires, mower maintenance etc...
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  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    2k/month doesn't even cover my salary? much less me and a helper?
     
  3. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    The $10 a lawn taken out for expenses is the $2000 which is $12000 a 6 month season. And the $15 profit is $3000 profit a month and $18000 a 6 month season just from mowing. Of course ill be making more from aeration,etc...
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  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ok you've covered six months out of the year what happens then?
     
  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    my suggestion would be not everyone desires the tangible things in life. for some its enough to have just the basic needs in life. you don't need $100,000 a year for the basics in most locations.

    well I don't really pay myself like I should so I can't figure salary for myself per month. I just write myself if I ever need money, which isn't often and isn't much.

    as for the rest of expenses. the year before last my expenses were just about a $1000 a month.
     
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    A cost of $10 per $25 certainly is possible for a solo operator...that's a net of 60%. I still have some work to do on my 2012 books, but I came in at 58% in 2011.
     
  7. SECTLANDSCAPING

    SECTLANDSCAPING LawnSite Member
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    thing is theres not much cost to run solo. Its when you expand that you hit a wall where it takes so much investment to get to the next level.

    For a solo guy once the equipment is paid for there profit margins are high. For a company thats always expanded they have to take a break on growing to see the margins.

    When you add a employee, or another truck and mower, you see the cost rise.
     
  8. nylesedwards

    nylesedwards LawnSite Member
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    Think about it in the long run. If you gain 20 more jobs but aren't making quite as much money with an employee the next season you will start out with 20 more customers and be making more money. Hire and grow your business if you want to make the big $$$
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  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    No doubt.

    I'm not quite solo, it's a family business, but close enough. I do try to grow my revenue each year but without really growing the company. I do that by getting the best, most profitable customers I can and trying to eliminate holes in my schedule. I was just trying to confirm that the OPs cost figures are not unrealistic for a solo operator as some have suggested. That doesn't mean there aren't many things he's doing that I would do differerently or that I don't agree with much of what others have said.
     
  10. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
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    Been solo about 95% of the time, as I am right now. It works very well for me. My daily routine (during mowing season) is comprised of waking up at 6:00am and having my last yard of the day complete by 4:00pm. I unload my trailer, return phone calls, and close out the day's paper work from 4:00 - 5:00. From 5:00 - 10:00pm, it's my time for whatever (usually a 40K on my bicycle). Life is good.:drinkup:
     

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