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Business UP or down? What one poll says

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turfmagazine, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. turfmagazine

    turfmagazine LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 95

    Jim @ TURF magazine here.

    Just read a poll about landscape/lawn care contractors' business this year.

    I'm not believing the results. You?

    business is up so far this year -- 35%

    business is down so far this year -- 48%

    About the same as last year -- 15%
  2. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    Jim, going by rough numbers my gross sales are up from last year. Not by much, as I have about the same amount of customers as last season. The increase comes from billable snow plowing of 105" for last season, which increased the gross. Seasons from the past few years have only had 20" -30" of billable plowing. As far as landscape construction/maintenance the gross is about the same.
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    snow down. Mowing up. installs down. And two employees that break to much stuff.
  4. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    Its up for me!!! Well this is my first year :blush: But really this year has taken me by surprise, at least until we got into full blown drought conditions.

  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Let's just say I'm stuffing my second mattress. :D
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    damn right rod, they are comming out of the woodwork, can't wait to spend thier money. definitely up up up
  7. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    Gross sales down a bit, bottom line better.
  8. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    UP. but I am in year two so I should certainly hope so.

    went from solo to 1 guy full time and one guy part time.

    My profits are up a little but outfitting a second crew will do that.

    Looking to make a killing next year. Of course other expenses will happen. But it is nice to dream.

    Gross up about 40% YTD. haven't figured net.
  9. alwaysgreener

    alwaysgreener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    If you are the owner of your own business then it is up to you to make as much money as you can. That means up selling to your current clients, Establishing new relationships with commercial cliental i.e. realtors, model homes or who ever is in your area. Of course if you a solo operation this can be hard. But if you have a crew let them work and you the owner get your butt out there and make some revenue, if business is slow and profits are down itÂ’s the owners fault. There is money to be made. Work on your business not in it.
  10. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    I'm solo in year 4. Running about 25% over last year at this time.

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