Solo vs employee's

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

  1. Brucelawns

    Brucelawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    If you are getting 30 calls a day for 3 months. That comes out to 900 calls a month. That would equal 2700 calls for those three months. I have been in this business for 15 years. Owing my business and working for a 40 employee landscaping company. The 40 employee company doesn't even get that amount of calls. Not even close. So, you are telling me you get 2700 calls in 3 months as a solo operation? I know the internet is full of BS artist and I'm calling you out. Plus, when I hit your website it was deleted or not paid. It looks like you know what you are doing.

    You see a ton of people say they want to stay solo because the majority of lawn mower guys are solo. They can't offer anything else because of their lack of education, they don't want too learn, fear of success, etc.

    I would suggest you stay solo because that's what you want to do. Nothing wrong with that but don't lie. Veteran guys can see right through you.
     
  2. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 714

    Believe what you want and I don't want a website anymore because I get too much business. It sounds like someone is a little jealous. Its actually a PITA to get so many calls because while I'm trying to cut grass I'm getting calls constantly. My email is blown up along with my voicemail and its very overwhelming. Now after June it slows down. Maybe I need to be schooling you on marketing. I passed out a TON of fliers (with the estimate on the flier) which helped get calls, craigslist helps some, and word of mouth is really what got the calls coming in.

    As far as being scared of success I would say I do pretty good. I make WAY more than working at mcdonalds flipping burgers and have more than enough to support my family. What else can I ask for?
     
  3. Brucelawns

    Brucelawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    A 22 yr old kid that is charging $25 a lawn that only mows 10 lawns a day is going to say he's going to school me on marketing and how to run a business?? And He says I'm jealous? You charge one lawn for $25 and it takes you an hour to mow?? I'm not trying to pick a fight. I'm sure you do nice work. I'm saying that if you're only making $250 a day and are turning down TONS of work then you are losing TONS of money. To me your story doesn't add up. Staying solo is what some guys want to do. In my opinion you are letting alot of jobs walk or aren't charging enough. If that's what you want to do then go for it.

    You say you do a TON of fliers. Why? If you are getting 30 calls a day for 3 months straight. I know exactly how many fliers we pass out and direct mail and in what areas. 2700 calls in 3 months??? WOW!
     
  4. Brucelawns

    Brucelawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    I made a mistake. That would be 4 months of 30 calls a day. 3600 calls in 4 months. Wow!!
     
  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    well I've been in the business 7 years now.

    I'm 31. mow 10-12 lawns a day 4-5 days a week. $25-$32 (average) per cut.

    I'm pretty successful at it, by my terms anyway.
     
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,414

    I don't think iv seen 30 new client calls in a week in peak season since before Obama was president when this trade was easier. But allot of youngsters inflate and hype their numbers today I never do. I wish I got 30 a day id be over 1000 accounts in no time.
     
  7. Duekster

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

    It is what it is.
     
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    I would gladly take 30 calls a day for any amount of time, I feel really good when I get 5-10 in a day, usually march thru may. Kelly, Obama is doing a super good job of wiping out the middle class as fast as he can, which includes the small business owner.
     
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    30 calls a day. not me. I'd be happy with 1 call a day. I hate taking phone calls. I'd rather hire someone to do all the office work before hiring a helper in the field. I'd rather stay in the field all day, leave the phone calls, estimates and paperwork to someone else.
     
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,133

    Sounds to me like someone needs to learn the art of cherry picking.
     

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