time study, i did time study, and i did fatigue study. the clock showed me the time, my body showed me the fatigue. did you know that loud noise can cause fatigue, both mentally and physically? did you know that being exposed to different frequencies, different pitches, can cause fatigue, and stress? i decided that the most time consuming, and fatiguing part of our job is handling multiple pieces of equipment at one stop, and over and over and over, at every stop, all day long. i timed everything, and i saw that FOR MY lawns, it takes roughly 15 minutes to mow, but only about 6-7 minutes to wack, edge, and blow. these properties are 3, 4, 5, 6- 8 k properties, you can't have 2 guys mowing at the same time, and to have one guy in the back, and another in the front, then scramble for a wacker/edger/blower again , creates handling too many pieces of equipment at one stop. so, if it takes 15 min to mow, and only 6-7 minutes to wack/edge/blow, WHY THE HELL ARE THEY being done at the same time? isn't there side work that needs doing? REAL PROFITABLE stuff like mulch, trimming, etc? here is what i did. i created 2 crews. crew #1 (that's me) and crew #2= dos amigos. we leave the shop at the same time, crew #1 goes out mowing, crew #2 goes out trimming, mulching, whatever is lined up. crew #2 works from 8:30- 11:30, at a billable rate of $50-$60 an hour, per men. crew #1 goes mowing, ONLY MOWING, no wacking, no edging, or blowing, JUST MOW AND GO. crew #1 can pop off easily, without hustling, 3.5 lawns per hr. , without breaking a sweat. crew #1 pulls a 12 ft trailer with 2 mowers, and a gas can, and pulls it with an economy truck, not a freaking 8 cylinder dump truck with 14 wheels on it. crew #2 finishes up at around 11:30 with thier side job, and gets in an economy truck, equipped with 2 wackers, and edger, and a blower. they can travel thru town alot faster than crew #1, because they are not dragging a trailer. they go to the lawns that crew #1 already mowed, and they wack, edge, and blow. in 7 hrs crew #1 knocked off 24 lawns. crew #2 finishes these 24 lawns in under 3 hrs!. 24 lawns @$30 each= $720. crew #2 also generated $300 from 8:30-11:30 on the side work. this is a daily gross of $1030. crew #2 (your employees) worked a total of 14 man hrs that day, totalling about $182 including wc, and payroll, matching taxes etc. the daily operating cost OF MY BUSINESS, after employee payroll, is $55 per day. this includes everything, all insurences, truck depreciation, EVERYTHING. THIS LEAVES MY DAILY TAXABLE INCOME AT $793 FOR LESS THAN 7 HRS WORK. not only do all the lawns get done, but you are never behind on sidework, it's being done at the same time as the lawns. your attidude, and body feel much better at the end of the day, and you made alot more money. we used to have 3 guys in the truck at the same time doing lawns. no matter how hard we pushed, we could never get more than like 20, 21 in 7-8 hrs. try it. before one of you nimrods says, "oh, but you can't leave a mess at the customers house blah blah blah", what mess? most of the mess is caused from wacking and edging.