Business Plan Help

God'sGreenGrass

LawnSite Member
Location
TEXAS
Hey Guys!
I am wanting to make my lawn care business proffesional and commercial. Currently I am 15 years old and have 15 lawn customers in my neighborhood. Most are on a bi-weekly schedule and let me know if it needs to be done. I will be putting them on a consistnent schedule starting this spring, then bi-weekly in summer. I get paid after the job is over. Most of the yards I priced on a whim when I was 9-13 years old! Dont brush me off because I'm 15. Ive done tonns of research and know the lawn industry is a number scrunching game. @PROCUT1 great article, "How to bid commercial accounts for real". As I am getting older I dont want to get a job as a cashier, Id rather get paid the same wage while getting biceps, blisters, a good tan, and equity from my business. However I have some problems with my set up. So I am completely redoing my business structure, while keeping some things the same. I have a rough plan, tell me what yall think. Please read carefully, and I need honest answers!

1. Company Goals
A. 2020 Gross $525 year round a week from residential properties.
Have 1 commercial property.
Go Legal
Have Commercial equipment
Protocol for pricing
Expand services

B. Goals 2025
Gross $300000 a year
Have website
Mechanic shop
Company truck
Have 0 turns.

Does this seem realistic? Small engine repairs is a big demand in my area so I will explore it in future.
2. Equipment Expenses
A. This is my calculations sonfar:

By the gallon
4 stroke gas

$2.63 gas
+$1.75 ethanol guard
=$5.00 rounding

2 stroke gas

$2.63
+$2.47
=5.50 rounding

$.04 for 1' weed eater string

Contractor bags $1.62

Does this sound right?

Per yard expenses are $2 for equipment only. Any other equipment expenses?

3. How to charge
My goal is $30 net an hour. This is my formula for residentials:

Time × 30 man hour + 5 hour expenses × 20% business profit + TAX

Time(30+5)20% = $42+ tax


So my goal should be to make $45 a man hour. Is this reasonable? What are taxes for texas? How should i charge overgrown yards? I heard about a 3 times the price you normally charge rule....


4. Services
Mowing
Mulching
Pruning
Hedging
Gardening
Pressure washing
Aerating
Leveling
Fence repairs
Weed control
Spot pest control
Sodding

2025

Irragation
Wayer features

What permits are needed? Irragation is the big one, do i need a plumbers liscence?

6. Uniqueness
Full service yards only
Weekly schedule only

To make my company unique i want to do full service only. Any certificates that would help? Such as arborists? I want to have a certified specialists.

7. Pay
A. I think getting payed monthly is best. What yall think? My problem is how do you price year round? Its hard in spring but easy in winter....

8. Labor
I seperated labor from expenses but i know i cant donthis forever.
This is how ive been doing it:
20% goes to business i get rest.

I prefer paying by the job than by the hour because it encourages you to work faster. Now that i lnow my expenses i should increase it. To expenses+20%? What do yalll think a better % is for this setup? The business recovers expenses plus a 20% growth....


Thanks for reading! I hope to have some anwsers!
 

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