how do you know how many lawn's to take on

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tedfrk, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. tedfrk

    tedfrk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    my dad and i are starting this business together i am going to run the cutting service and he is going to run the installs,we are planning on getting everything legalized by the 1st of the do you guys know when you have enough lawn clients?i dont want to take on to many right now we have 13 and we split them up between 2 days i can do more then that but this is part time for me this year.i would like to have enough accounts to cut on wed thur and fri .but how do you handle it if the weather does not cooperate?iknow working sat and overtime is a must for running your own business i dont mind putting in the time.i just have so many question's.thanks for all your help
  2. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    That is a tough question. In my case, I can cut 7 or 8 lawns per day solo, or 13 to 15 max per day with a helper.

    I schedule cutting for Tues/Wed/Thurs, so I have Friday as a rain day, and sometimes I cut on Monday if I fall way behind. I tried wed/thurs/fri last year, but it didn't work for me when it rained. This year I am running one truck with a helper, 2 mowers, 2 trimmers, etc. We have been cutting 35 to 38 lawns in 3 days. So an average of 12 per day.

    FYI, I tried 2 helpers one day, and we did 19 in a day with 2 guys mowing, and one trimming/blowing. In 7 hours.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Mowing solo I can usually get 2 lawns done per hour. If I had a helper I would probably be able to get 3 lawns done per hour. If you have a fairly tight route you should be able to get all 13 of your accounts done in one 8 hour day (depending on average size). Do your own experiment and see how long it takes you to do all 13 of your accounts in 1 day. If you can get them all done in 1 day then I would say 39 accounts would be what you want to get for next year. Best of luck!
  4. BLL4285

    BLL4285 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I don't think there is necessarily a limit...If you're new to it, it will take you twice as long as an experienced person per lawn...When I was younger I had about 15 and could do them in 1 day but it felt rushed...but with experience you learn how to do everything faster and more efficiently.

    Personally I can handle 25-30 a day by myself...and i use wb's only...but I'll admit...this wasn't a fun spring for me and for the first month i felt like i was gonna die at the end of everyday (my hands especially)
  5. railman

    railman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    experience helps a lot. 25-30? damn that's a lot of yards for a solo man. the most I've done in one day by myself is 15 and it took me 10 hrs to do and I was beat by the time I got to the house. and I use a ztr. drive time kills me. next year tighter routes.
  6. ericmcj31

    ericmcj31 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    :hammerhead:I'd like to see those lawns--either they are postage stamp size or you're not doing something right--they'res NO WAY you could even drive to that many in a day (unless they're part of a neighborhood or something)-but to each his own I guess-for every bad job someone's putting out-there's someone like me waiting to do them good job:laugh::clapping: just be careful-running yourself to death like that might make the old ticker throw in the white flag!*trucewhiteflag*
  7. cowboytim

    cowboytim LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 180

    I do 24-27 a day by myself. All very close some can do three in one stopp with a 52" walk behind
  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I don't think it matters what anyone else can cut in a days time. Most properties are different and will take more or less time to mow then others. Priced right you could only have to mow 5 a day and still yield the same profit from mowing 10 or even 15 a day. Personally, I'd rather have 20-25 that pay more money. It will be less headache maintaining the work and customers.
  9. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    With that said, you have to find them first. :)
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    How large are the lawns you are targeting?

    I generally work solo and can get 10-13 done per day. If you are looking at 2 days worth of work, I'd say 18-20 would be a good start. Once you get the feel, you can add more if you want to.

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