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whats your daily overhead?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by TLS landscaping, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. TLS landscaping

    TLS landscaping LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 34

    Hey guys just trying to gauge where i'm at compared to everyone else.

    My daily Overhead to break even is 900 a day...

    what are you guys at or about?
  2. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,617

    How many crews?
    How many days a season?
    How many man hours Per season?
    We need to gross about 10k a week for 30 weeks to cover all expenses that we have to be able to make the level of profit that I expect.
  3. Five Points

    Five Points LawnSite Member
    Posts: 213

    Well im alittle smaller, but with one helper and one mower payment, ins, gas phones, some maintenanceand repair.

    i budget 25 per hr. I aim to turn 80 per hr but budget 75. I budget 55 billable hrs per wk for 35 wks.

    april through june hrs are waaaay more, july,aug sept still pretty heavy, oct nov are bit less.

    I know there are many things on here I don't include like replacement equipment, or office stuff, depreciation. i catch all that at tax time and yr end.

    I like it cause I tell my self after 55 hrs im makin a bit more cause ins phone and repairs are covered.

    This is how I do it, I budget Dec through March a little differently for snow.
  4. stang2244

    stang2244 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    Am I wrong in assuming labor is not an overhead cost? Overhead costs should be all those cost that are not directly related to bringing in revenue....such as shop rent, liability/workmans comp insurance, cell phone, vehicle/equip maintenance, etc... Could be wrong but this is the way I've always understood it.

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Posts: 587

    I may not be figuring this the right way because my numbers are way less than everyone elses. My overhead (insurance, repairs & maintenance, office supplies, and depreciation) comes out to about $12,000. I mow for about 160 days per year - 5 days per week (give or take depending upon the year) so my overhead cost per day would be $75 per day or $9 per hour. I would like to note that I am a solo operation with no debt.

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