How far is too far

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rather be mowin, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. rather be mowin

    rather be mowin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I am starting out this year and I have several area's(cities) as options, I live in the country and have to travel at least 25 Min to get to almost anywhere. However there is a very lucrative area( lots of high end homes) about 45 min away. Am I nuts to look at the one 45 Min away? Just curious if others are having to travel this much to get accounts. :confused:
  2. K&L Landscaping

    K&L Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    Keep your routes as tight as possible. If you can get enough jobs to keep you busy all day in that location I can't see why not. If it is just 1-2 jobs I would stay away.
  3. plateau lawn care

    plateau lawn care LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 195

    like K & L said if you get at least a days worth unless you just absolutly need some income . Depending on the lawn size you can get 6 or 7 in that one place would be ok.
  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    A fellow LCO near me drives 30 miles one way 3 days per week to get to his area. But he gets much better prices for easier lawns and once he is there he has very little drive time. It works out great for him.

    I drive 25 miles one way, one day per week same reason. distance is relative to profit. And you can start early to get on site on time, just be aware forgetting something like a blower will kill you. (done it.)
  5. satch

    satch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I have 1 apt complex that is 55 miles away and another that is 47 miles away.Normally i would say its crazy but i am paid well for these 2 properties.In short it comes down to the money.If the pay isnt great stay as close to home as possible.
  6. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    good point and he is right you dont want to spend most of your day behind the wheel driving from one home to another.
  7. aries

    aries LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 334

    I have to drive 30-45 min 1 way to start my accounts its OK once I am their all the accounts are in 2 towns but then the drive home again! gotta go were the money is payup payup payup
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Like they said, it has to be worth your while. One job may not be worth it unless you are looking at an all day affair but just remember that if you are spread out and have some rain days it is a bear to be running all over creation to catch up.
    I know a guy that has his 6 person crew drive 40 minutes to an all day job. It pays very well and all 6 mowers are workin all day long. If you can get the work its worth a try but I personally have a tight route within 5 miles of my home. Good Luck.
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I think in the beginnng, you gotta do what ya gotta do...if that includes traveling, so be it to get established.

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