why cant you net over 100k solo? is my math wrong?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by georgialawn88, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Must ne some pretty small yards
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  2. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes sir, Hense the reason i can do 30
     
  3. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thank ya eff, good advice
     
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    My bad. I was simply stating from my experiences in the business and using my numbers and lawns as reference. I'm at around 135 with and average size if 12k.

    What I see from your numbers is that you currently have 150 customers and you need roughly 660 to net over 100k based on you current numbers.

    That will take lots of advertising and time for estimates.
    What about call backs?
    Could you raise your prices after a couple hundred to reduce the number of clients and base it on quality work and not quantity.
    Would you upsell aerations, fire ants, grubs, etc? Is there time for that? I don't know your program.

    It's definently doable if you have a strong market. Also consider that repairs and equipment will cost more once you are running thing all the time.

    Good luck. I'd be interested in what worked for you to go Fert and squirt only.
     
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    There are only so many customers, so much work, and so many hours in a day.
     
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Problem whether dealing with stops per day or SF per day is that there are to many variables. Some days 40 stops some days 10 stops all because of lot size. Then day to day changes will be different due to travel time.

    Then some jobs will have a higher profit. There is no way of knowing that 10% of one's jobs will be big money makers, 30%, 1%, or 0%.

    I just picked up a customer that had a lady gardener do all of their bed and property maintenance. She hit 65 the retired. This is not anything like my other customers. My son are working 2 hours a week there, billing 4 hours total for $240. This job has thrown off my average. I usually work solo. My son is helping so I can fit this job in on the day we do it.

    If I was to project how much money I would make if my schedule was full this customers figures would make my total gross higher then what it would be. Doubt I would make that much because doubt I will get more customers like this.
     
  7. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am sure it can be done. Just depends on what you are willing to sacrifice to make it happen. Growing pains hit when you are full time and have 35+ hr weeks.
     
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Why do you want to do all that labor solo
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  9. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    if you have went from 55 customers to 150 in 2 months then i think you are well on your way. that is great.. I think i signed on 30 since febuary, and the last 2 months mabee 5.. lol. i've about thrown in the towel myself. lol. i'm just fighting over all the scrub lawn mowing jobs now.
     
  10. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What many are saying is you might not have all the facts. Many on here run larger businesses and understand the flaws in your math
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