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How do you know if your making enough money.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by WHIPPLE5.7, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 958

    This is my first year and so far I've been making $1,400-1,500 a week on power raking and spring cleanups. I could push myself harder but I don't want to work so today that I can't move the next morning. My fuel bill for truck and equipment is about $65-75 per week. When mowing season hits I'll bringing in about $1,000 per week. Is this doing Ok for a solo operater? I'm not a spring chicken so I try not to bite off more than I can chew.
  2. ALC-GregH

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

    I would be happy to make that as a solo.... It's not big money but I could live off of it even after expenses. How may accounts do you have?
  3. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 958

    I have about 15 smaller places and 5 bigger ones.
  4. McVey Landscaping

    McVey Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    Looks good for a solo operator. This is about what I can bring in a week with out killing myself, and also holding a full time job. :usflag:
  5. Military Lawns

    Military Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 323

    If I had to say, you are actually doing better than most. Why not get a helper to increase your gross without actually working harder. I also try not to bite off more than I can chew!

  6. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    as far as i'm concerned you can never make enough money, however if your insurance, gas, truck and all your other bills are getting paid and you are saving some money and are happy with what you are doing, well than why go any harder and drive yourself nuts.
  7. Alluring Lawns

    Alluring Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    This will be my third year as a solo op, and thats roughly what I gross. I'm not getting rich, but not in the poor house either. Just manage your overhead, keep your routes tight, and keep pluggin away.
  8. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    $1500 a week for spring cleaning is pretty low. It's only 3 weeks long might as well do as much as you can. I hire people from labour Ready to help out... $400-$800 a day. At least that's what happened the last couple years, I haven't started this year yet. We still got snow, North of Minnesota.
  9. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Depends upon how many people you have to support, and if you are the only income. A wife, 2 kids and a family pet.... uuhhh no, $1000 a week aint gonna cut it, by the time you pay for everything that is required to live a decent life.
  10. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    Sounds like you have your lawns priced good. If you will be bringing $1000 in from 20 lawns, you are doing pretty good. 20 lawns for me is around $700, but they are all on the smaller side.

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