weekend residential pays off big

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by r scott grover, Jul 26, 2001.

  1. r scott grover

    r scott grover LawnSite Member
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    I got rained out on friday before my last job of the week so i went out around 10:30am on saturday and just wanted to get it over with so i can enjoy the rest of my weekend. unbelieveable i got 6 new residential accounts in 30 min. got to love that i am hopeing that when i go back on saturday i will have a few more.

    ]The best part is that it only takes me about 10 to 15 min a yard by my self with a 36" WB and they are all in a row
  2. see thats how this biz works

    they like to see dedicated people out there

    not the jokers that say they work 9 - 5 8 -4 7- 3
    8hrs 5 days a week 40hrs a week

    with seasonal work got to get all the money while its there

    I have picked up lawn while working on Sunday

    2 years ago I got a call to mow a yard in a sub. told them I would be there on Sat.
    mowed on Sat. and got 34 other lawn within 2 weeks in the same sub.

    luckaly I was able to move them to Thurs.

    keep on with the good work and dedication LGF:blob3:
  3. GrassChopper

    GrassChopper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    99% of my accounts say they don't want to be mowed on the weekends. I do the commercials on Sunday and the mulching, cleanup special projects on Saturday.
  4. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    All of my residential customers do not want to be cut on weekends, and I would rather not cut on saturdays.They know if we get rain on thurs. or friday, I will be there on saturday. In June, it rains on 3 of the days between mon. to friday. I did all i could to not go out on sat, but had to cut. It was a beautiful day and my customers knew that I would rather be at the lake, but they apreciated that I came on saturday to cut their lawn. I will do landscaping or other jobs on the weekend, because you have to make the hay while the sun is shining.

    but seriously , WEEKENDS ARE MADE FOR MICHELOB :D :D
  5. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    Congrats to both of you, rsg & lgf, for your weekend acquisitions. I've worked the weekend routes many times in the past and yes, you get a chance at a different range of clients. Since a lot of people work the 8-5, M-F, schedule themselves they don't get a chance to meet you in the field if you keep the same hours.

    However, this 'joker' is willing to sacrifice those possibilities for more time with family & friends, and the peace of mind that comes with that little rest week-in and week-out. I say we all work the schedule that works for us, and kudos to those who can!

  6. Mike (MLC)

    Mike (MLC) LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    I do some of my residential customers on Sat. They don't mind me being there on the weekend. They are greatful that they have a lawn service that actually shows up on time and on a schduled day. These customers are ones that I picked up because they were upset with the other guy they had cutting, because he just showed up randomly. I do pick up customers on
    Saturdays while I am out working. More people are off and at home, so they see you mowing the neighbors's yard with no problem and they are out in the 100 degree weather trying to push mow their yard. Needless to say they usually come up to me and start asking for a bid.
  7. script

    script LawnSite Member
    Posts: 115

    TGC, was preparing to post it myself until I saw your post. Well said. Thankyou.

  8. John from OH

    John from OH LawnSite Member
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    see thats how this biz works

    they like to see dedicated people out there

    not the jokers that say they work 9 - 5 8 -4 7- 3
    8hrs 5 days a week 40hrs a week

    If it works for you, congrats.

    As one of the jokers that work 40 -45 hours per week and have been in the industry for about 2 decades, I'd like to add another perspective. What if our industry charged accordingly and was able to work 40 hours per week. Would we be more attractive to future employees? Would the client think of us as more of a profession? Most enterprises that the public considers as professions have set regular hours. While most professions aren't hampered by weather like us, if our industry wants to be considered as a profession, and not just of bunch of folks that cut grass, maybe we had better start acting like a profession.

    My company went to 40h hours per week about 6 years ago, since then our turnover has dropped dramatically, abscenses and no shows have almost been eliminated, and moral has improved. Our bottom line is much healthier, and our customers love not being bothered on weekends. They do understand an occasional Saturday due to rain.

    Our employees are paid well and will do what it takes to get the work done to avoid Saturdays. Its a matter of changing your mindset and your employees mindset and then doing it. Our entry level employees can make $16,000 to $18,000 their first year for working Apr-Dec. After the first year, depending on ability and knowledge, the pay scale rises from the low $20,000 to the low to mid $30,000. Medical insurance, paid vacation, paid sick days, long distance discount phone service are also provided. It can be done, 40 hours works for me.
  9. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    Great post! You read my fingers!

    The one good thing about having to catch up on Saturdays is that you usually get a lot of attention in the neighborhood because thats when most of the people are out doing their own yard work, at their maddest ready to hire you! ;)

    To each his own, and again John, great post!
  10. as with any outside workin pro (key word pro)

    we have all the elaments to watch out for. including heat

    hey if you can have a work week that is 40hrs 9-5
    I do not know how you can do it

    we work 55+hrs a week mon thru sat

    play dodge the rain double cut lawns etc.

    yes most of us are pro and are categoied as pro's

    if yoy run set hours have fun when it rains 4 days a week

    I am in St. Louis and are weather is not the easist to work around

    it takes over 8 hrs to run each route

    remember this is seasonal work go get the money while you can

    7 am to 7 or 8pm

    average Joe working he works 2000hrs a year. thats 50 x 40

    we do it in 9 - 10 months but we work around 2200hrs

    well to those who can work 1600hrs a year good luck

    to all those who bust their but for more hrs I am with ya


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