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Clear $25 on a $30 cut?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by delphied, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    Well. I got moderated off another thread for commenting on Procuts assertion that a solo clears 25 on a 30 dollar lawn cut. If he is legit he sure cant and if he isnt legit it would still be difficult with a anything but a 21. What do you think?
  2. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    to be legit, you only need insurance. i pay 600 bucks a year so i dont think his assessment is too outlandish.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    + taxes.............
  4. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    i just figured taxes was common sense. i just didnt want him to think you had to get workmans comp and pay into umemployment, business licenses and all that good stuff.
  5. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Why does this sound so far off to you?
  6. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Maybe he can but I can't. Too much overhead on my end.
  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Every part of the country is so different I don't see how such a broad statement could apply. I mean ask the Florida guys how much they get. Often $60 per month, gross. Others in high end urban area's may make much more. Sizes of lot's vary greatly from area to area also.
  8. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Honestly, I doubt it, But I could if I had about 3 yards lined up and could knock them out at 15 minutes a piece. $90 in 45 minutes, it could be done but I could not crank that out all day long. JMHO
  9. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    I cut most yards for 70 bucks a pop, right at 2 acres. Insurance is 632 a year, these yards are within 3 miles of my house, and I cut them in about an hour. If my mower uses less then 2 gallons of gas(2cycle trimmer in that number) i can clear 65 bucks take home on a 70 dollar lawn. I don't have employees, so I pay no workman's comp, and in Louisiana you are not required to collect taxes on "lawn care." Depending on what part of the country you live in, he is spot on. You can claim things like auto insurance, drive time, etc all play a factor, but those costs decrease the more your customer base grows. Its definitely possible.
  10. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    Wow. I pay at least 25% to uncle sam in income tax and self employment tax. My liability, theft, and vehicle insurance is 2000 per year. If I mowed 1000 lawns during the year, thats 2 bucks per lawn. Gas, supplies. I paid for my tax return around 500 last year. Equipment and maintenance costs. Dont you guys ever buy oil, filters, blades? Maybe most guys arent legit on here. Thats what it looks like to me. I dont care what part of the country you are from, I dont think it only costs you 5 bucks to mow a lawn.

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