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what irks me

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by noahb195, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. TinMan1

    TinMan1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SC
    Posts: 519

    Sounds like a state job :) 4 guys watching 1 dig a hole
  2. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 994

    Haha Yep thats how DOT is around here.
  3. frotis

    frotis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 395

    How do you know his next stop wasn't a 5 acre job.
  4. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 994

    Because they go home after this stop. His shop is 2 minutes up the road.
  5. frotis

    frotis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 395

    Maybe the previous stops where larger jobs or one of 100 different reasons.
  6. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 994

    Yep the possibilties are endless. But its a residential.crew so idont see them doing big properties like that.
  7. Duekster

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

    I honestly would not sweat it, hard to make money on a residential lawns when you are fully geared up to do commercial. We take them to mix in with some of the commerical accounts to round out the day. Particularly ones 2 or 3 miles from the shop or with in a few blocks off the beaten path to and from a commercial account. While residentals do not generate a lot of profit, they do cover overhead and some profit.

    If you look at commercial accounts, they often have better profit but less opportunity for additional profits. Residential folks do not wrap up services in to a single contract so there are some profit opportunites and if you service the mowing and are fair those jobs are yours.

    Running 3 or 4 guys on Residental alone is crazy talk. I currently have 3 but I am training a new guy, growing and hope to split back to two 2 man crews.

    If the guys is really paying 4 guys while two work, we know that will not last long at all. Again, likely just a snap shot in time not a routine.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012
  8. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,144

    Oh never mind, you're 600 or 700 or so miles too far south from us so it wasn't my guys,
    we usually let them pull those kind of stunts when we're slow, we tell them no smoke or chew
    on the premises and no going to the bathroom but we have plenty of money so it really doesn't
    matter if they blow some cash because the alternative is working for the state, either way we lose.

    And if you work hard for a very long time you too can have the same disease we have.
    It's a sickness I am telling you, everyone thinks we have lost our minds.
    We see their fingers pointing.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    Maybe he bid the job hourly and wants to make sure he turns a profit? ;)
  10. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 994

    I dont know how he bids but he gets 12 grand a year to maintain like 4 or 5 small areas.

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