Where do you want to go as a company?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by mrusk, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    It seems like ever since i started by company 3 years ago i have been slowly changing the direction of my company. Actually it seems like i have changed direction rather quickly.

    Where do you guys want to go with your companies? Do you want to add more crews? Diversify into other landscape services? Stay exactly the same size you are?

    What do you really want to do with your business?
     
  2. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    Stay the same size, not work so hard, and make 3 times more money.:usflag:
    Mike
     
  3. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 690

    Run 2 crews of hardscape, 1 landscape installation, 1 landscape and lawn maintenance(combined), and 2 mowing crews. I would be bidding jobs along with 2 other people and have a total of about 20-25 people on payroll including secretarys. That is the goal of the company for the next 7- 10 years.

    Justin
     
  4. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    become the largest Lawn & Landscape provider in North Jersey of course
     
  5. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260


    That can not be your goal!!!!! Its my goal! Not really..
     
  6. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    Sometimes I wonder. The more work that comes in seems the more aspirin your taking as well. Maintenance we have down to a science. Hardscaping seems like rocket science to most guys around here, and it's hard to find qualified help. Either that or you hire the guy that "knows everything" but knowsd the wrong way about everything. Sometimes it's nice just cathing the small fish and working with just a helper. The big fish do make the pockets feel nice after all is said and done though. :)
     
  7. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,315

    What a question to ask. My goal for 2007 is making $10k this summer with lawn care/landscaping and $3k with snow removal this winter. In 2008 I plan to expand LOTS. My goal is $25k in summer ’08 with 1 full-time helper. 2009 is where my business will really take off. I hope to top $50k while having a 2 person lawn care crew and 2 landscapers (myself and another). I want to be doing at least $1500 per week with landscaping and around $1k with lawn maintenance.
    These are very high goals to set for myself but I think they are very attainable.
     
  8. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    How old are you?? Those goals are completly obtainable. I am 21 and in my third year of business. I am doing projects that i thought would take me 10 years in business to get.
     
  9. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,315

    I'm 16 and with Canadian driving liscense regulations, I can't even own a car until this November (because of my birthdate). Once I get a car I'm going to take off and be able to serve a MUCH larger market.
     
  10. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 601

    I'd like to be running 2 maintenance crews, 1 commercial and one residential, 2 hardscaping crews and 1 detail crew and 1 excavating/sitework for subbing to others, we have all the equipment for most excavating and earth moving work, I hate to see all that equipment sit not making money. Right now we have 1 maint, 1 hardscape, and the detail crew is the second hardscape crew when work makes it neccesary.

    I hate maint, it is headaches but we have developed a pretty overhead loaded financial footprint and as such need maint to maintain cash flow. My goals in regard to commercial maintenance is to look for big turf, the kind of stuff where a crew with 2 big mowers and a guy trimming only has to move max once a day, thereby not wasting as much seat time.....This may not be realistic but I'll try.
     

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