the one answer i need to make my decisision!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cypresslawncare, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. cypresslawncare

    cypresslawncare LawnSite Member
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    I'm still trying to decide if i want to get into this business or not. While it won't be my fulltime or permanent job, I need two incomes for at least the next five years (when my wife can get a dayjob). But I come across a stumbling block when trying to predict what kind of income I can make. Will you PLEASE give me some detailed answers for this question?.....I live in Houston, TX so i need answers from you southern guys. Month by month, on average, how many cuts per month does the average customer need? Here's what I guessed, but I have no clue.
    Jan-1 cut per month
    Feb-2
    Mar-3
    Apr-4
    May-4
    June4
    July4
    Aug-4
    Sept.-4
    Nov-2
    Dec-1
    Is this anywhere near right? Please give me your chart and any additional info.
    This is much appreciated!
     
  2. cypresslawncare

    cypresslawncare LawnSite Member
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    reply !!!!! reply!!!!
     
  3. BryantLandscape

    BryantLandscape LawnSite Member
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    well this is my deal I have going for my contracts, Nov 1 -Mar 1 its every other week, mar 1- Nov 1 its every week, the customer either has the option of this plan which I call the bi-weekly plan or the monthly plan which is every week all 52 weeks, I live in florida by the way. The bi weekly plan is based on about 44 cuts or an average 3.67 cuts per month when I'm figuring out what to charge.
     
  4. sgl41377

    sgl41377 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 191

    I believe that every yard is different. It has many factors. Water, Fertilizer, and Sun. Some of my yards need 3-4 times per month, some 1-2 times per month. Take each yard as an independant case. Sooner or later you will get the feel for what each yard needs by looking at it. How healthy is it? Good Luck.
     
  5. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    you forgot Oct.
     
  6. cypresslawncare

    cypresslawncare LawnSite Member
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    we don't have october down here
     
  7. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275


    What?! No October huh? LOL. If this is the only answer you need to make your decision, you may be running your numbers a little close.
     
  8. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    This might help you out, maybe. I pay my lawn guy $35.00 per week, which includes: (mow, edge, trim, & blow my 1/3 acre lot, rake and weed each bed, and bag everything). I live in Spring and the cheap "south of the boarder" will make it tough for you.
     
  9. pbillings

    pbillings LawnSite Member
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    :dizzy: WOW,,,,$35.00 for all that work? It must be cheaper down south :sleeping: Mow, trim, edge, blow, plus weeding the beds? I will be broke in a month if I charge that. Oh, I forgot rake and bag everything :realmad: That would be at least 50 or 60 bucks.....
     
  10. soccer911

    soccer911 LawnSite Member
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    Mar-Sept every week oct-Nov every other week Dec 1 time jan-off feb-off.
    Works for me thats about 30 to 35 cuts per season @ av 35.00. About 7 fert apps @ av 35.00. 2 apps of ant control @ av 35.00. So @ 20 accounts that would be an av of $30,800 per season.
     

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