Why they say to stay solo...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 205mx, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,267

    Roger,

    Im sorry i didnt make myself clear.
    Im talking about growing a multimillion dollar commercial operation. Residential and commercial or a different ball game
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  2. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    I have spans of time that I will stay off. Some members just piss me off. I think that is why many large companies have come and gone. Too bad. I would like to hear advice from companies my size or bigger.

    I think you have the right idea, to grow slowly. Many LCs sometimes go under from growing to fast. Keep it slow but steady. I have been doing this for over 35 years. Made alot of mistakes but, learned from them.
     
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    hahahahahahaha, that's about what I was thinking.:)
     
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,088

    Do you do a lot of maintenance? I'm just curious.

    The company I worked at was almost all commercial. About a handful of residential properties. Which were usually people that owned our commercial properties. We had one property in va that was 40k a month. Took 3 crew of 4 a whole day to cut

    They made most of their money in hard scape and installs
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  5. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    Yes, mostly commercial maintenance. I do most all of my landscape construction work, for my regular accounts, only. I won't bother with any outside calls for work to price.
     
  6. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,267

    Yea im on the same page as you
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  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,256

    I have all that stuff and Im a solo operator.
     
  8. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,267

    I just do it because i enjoy it.
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  9. TFLE

    TFLE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 285

    It's not that far off... If your billing 2500k a week for eight months (80K) Winter work (10k lets say) = 90k. Now as a solo operator nearly all my equipment is paid.

    10000k gross a month
    - 6% tax
    - 150 garage rent
    - 200 mower payment
    - 100 cell phone
    - 300 truck fuel
    - 400 mower fuel
    - 50 liability ins.
    - 300 misc.
    7900 net over 8 months = 63k plus winter profits (around 7k) not an unbelievable total.
     
  10. TFLE

    TFLE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 285

    As for my business all I want is three good employees, two crews. Me on one and a good guy on another. Both crews maxed out. All I want is to mow grass. Don't want to touch a landscaping project again. I want to pick my work and turn down the BS. High yield, high margin accounts. Do want to run a huge company just a solid one that sneakily makes a lot of money. Low overhead. I want to be that company that nobody thinks there is oodles of money in the bank. Guys can be flashy but I've found the flashy guys with rims and wraps and all new stuff with payments are also the guys that can't pay their bills for materials or parts. Cool graphics and a sweet truck will get you the job once... good work will get the job and keep the job. Anyway. I'm 26 I want to stay solo til about 30. I'm maxed out now though so maybe it's sooner rather than later.
     

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