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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grasshopperslawn, Jan 19, 2008.
If you had 1000 accounts just mowing (trimming edge & blow) how would you guys manage it?
By hiring 2 other guys to manage it while I maintained my 10 AM tee time every morning...
I'd Probably pull it off for the first month, then I'd be dropping em or selling em left and right
depends on the size of the account, figure a 4 man crew might be able to bang out 50 a day depending on size. so 50 X 5 is 250 x 4(crews) is 1000... probabaly 4-8 crews depend on size...
Just like you'd manage 100 accounts... only on a bigger scale.
KISS... keep it simple. Break it into peices that work seperately, but together.
How many guys/ crews for 100 residential lawns? 2 guys/ 1 crew? Then 10 crews if all residential.
How many guys for commercial? All commercial, then put the right number of men/ crews out there.
How many crews can a manager manage? Thats how many managers you need.
How much equipment? back ups for break downs?
How many office staff per crew/ manager. Thats how many office staff.
How to keep everyone working/ performing to their fullest, not quitting, stealing, fighting, etc...
Now the biggie... MONEY To get the whole thing going. I cant help you there.
I dont think it is something anyone could just jump into, but it is very possible with the right pieces in place, and a lot of pre planning.
Good luck with it.
Someone I know in the business has 900 accounts with 3 crews each crew does 300 a week. they work 7 days a week 10 hour days. they are doing 40-50 a day per crew
Thats no fun, 7 days 10 hr a day. All they have time to do is work. I bet they dont keep help that long.
I think 10 2-man crews at 100 per week would be manageable. You could always cram more accounts in per crew, and thus reduce the number of crews. Being realistic, yard sizes vary, drive times between accounts vary, obstacles(such as small gates) vary, etc.. And you have to take into account what would happen if you ran an overloaded schedule and then had 2-4 back-to-back days of rain. I operate solo, and can handle 50 a week on average. Theoretically, I could handle 100 a week myself if all my clients had 1/8 acre lots, and were all within 2 miles of each other, but that's a fairy tale in the real world. To properly gauge what you can handle, you need to add business to a crew until they can no longer keep up with demand in a timely manner. At that point you either transfer that business to another crew, or drop the excess customers. This is how you gauge your breaking point, and set a predictable pattern for knowing when it is time to hire some more help.
Have them all pre-pay and skip town.