What kind of CUSTOMER BASE do you have?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by J MAN, Aug 24, 2000.

  1. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    Full time/ part time. I am still in high school so i have to cut down during the school year. What i do is during school I only do mowing and cleanups and stuff. We spread the lawns out all week. But during the summer I work full time, mon- fri, we do all the lawns in like a 1 1/2 days and the other 3 1/2 days we do landscape installs. Two of my friends work for me. We cut with a 52" scag hydro, 48" bobcat and 36" exmark

    25 accounts, 1 commercail
    I would like to grow my lawns up tp about 50 next year.
     
  2. Parrot

    Parrot LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    full time. about 40 yards, 3 comm the rest residential. all by my lonesome.
    enough's enough.
     
  3. J MAN

    J MAN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    Well, I guess I should say what I have. I am only part time because I am a sophmore in college and this is my second year in the business. This year I really turned cutting grass into a business for me. At the end of last year's season, I got a 48" Exmark Lazer Zhp, and this year I went from about 7 lawns to 25. Only about 3 of those lawns are commercial lawns. I am begging to wonder what number of lawns is my limit. I usually work by myself, but occasionaly I work one of my friends, and that's when I found out how hard it is to find good and dependable help.
     
  4. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 662

    I am working part time right now because it is rather dry, but otherwise it is a full time job. Currently i have 33 accounts for mowing and am working to get a few more as next year roles around. I have been in the business for 4 years and I plan on doing this for about 4 more until i graduate from college, then it may be time to move onto something else. I generally work by myself, although it is starting to get more difficult to stay solo. Most all of my accounts are residential, but that is fine because about half of them are very large, taking around 3 man hours each. For mowers i have a Exmark Metro HP 48" and a 21" ariens self-propell. Looking to buy a Lazer Z with a 60" deck next year so i can continue to expand.
     
  5. J MAN

    J MAN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    Yeah Esby,

    You should definitely get a 60" Lazer Z. It will really cut your mowing time down; I used a liquid cooled for a few days and it hauled ass, but I would not get a liquid cooled. It is just something else to go wrong, but I am sure you have your own opinion on that.
     
  6. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    30 Res. & 3 Comm. including a city contract that sends me as many as 50 yards in a month (just to cut one time.) No install or irrigation work. Work alone mostly. Help has been unreliable. I'd be able to double over the next 2 years with a good helper. I just put an ad in the yellow pages (not just name/#) and the phone has not stopped ringing. I pay the help $9/hr but there are easier jobs for more $$. Too bad, because I'd pay $15/hr for a good helper.
     
  7. J MAN

    J MAN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    Yeah eslawns, a good helper seems to be the hardest thing in the world to find.
     
  8. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Stone, you've posted twice and still have not responded to the question at hand.

    As for me, 29 res mowing accounts and 5 fertilizing accounts part time.
     
  9. raymow

    raymow LawnSite Member
    from tampa
    Posts: 18

    I MOW OVER 70+ PROPERTIES EVERY WEEK,
    I HAVE 1 HELPER WHO WORKS AVG.42HRS.M-F THAT LEAVES
    MY SON AND I TO DO THE REST.
    THIS IS MY FIRST FULLYEAR ALTHOUGH I HAVE BEEN AT
    IT SINCE 93' PAART-TIME TO FULL TIME SEEMS TOBE
    HOW WE ALL GET STARTED.
     
  10. IRISH

    IRISH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Fulltime/All the time
    60 lawns 4 cemeteries (2 hugeones)Diggin graves too.
    3 Guys nothing but Toro Walkbehinds,and Sthil hand equipment.
    Always lookin for more
     

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