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How many clients? - Fall clean up

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by rodneyamolt, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. rodneyamolt

    rodneyamolt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Hi all. I'm new to this site and i'm currently serving in the military. I get out next September and plan on hopping right into the fall clean-up. Being that this is my first year in the business, what are the chances of me getting enough clients to pay the bills. I will be advertising quite a bit and running a 2-3 man crew for this.
    What is your guys average for the season?

    Any info would be appreciated.. thanks..
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I would save as much cash as you can from now on, that's my first and only bit of advice sir, and good luck.
  3. rodneyamolt

    rodneyamolt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    lol. Thanks :) advice taken.. Anyone else have anything to say?
  4. barefootlawnsandlandscape

    barefootlawnsandlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    Don't bite off more than you can chew. Fall clean-ups can be a suprise, I know they were for me my first year. I would see what I could get done on my own the first fall. If you get too busy the first couple of weeks of leaf removal hire someone. I wouldn't plan on going into it with a 3 man crew. I did it with two people last year. This year we are going into fall with 10 men and that might get cut before the major leaf removal starts. We have 65 properties under contract to do, and are advertising as we speak with direct mail. The first year will bite you in the butt a couple of times. I spent all day on jobs that I expected to take about 3 hrs. I was glad that I charge by the hour.

    Good luck and thank you for your service!
  5. Sweet Tater

    Sweet Tater LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,123

    My advice...first I would say stay in the full 20, you won't regret it.. second I agree with Topsites. Good luck. Thanks for serving the country
  6. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    As far as competition do many of u guys have to worry about kids offering to rake hole yard for like $15-25, when it's a 2-3 hour job and u would charge at least $40-$90!
  7. Dunlaps LawnCare

    Dunlaps LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    i charge $25 a hour plus a hauling fee and or if i use a presser washer
  8. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    i hate to say it, but this is the kind of thing that makes it hard on a legal businessman....

    after taxes, insurance, replacement equipment, workers comp-....... your loosing money
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    with fall clean up's you will need a lot of equiptment.....

    were doing a lot of tree trimming with the clean up and tree insurance is HIGH HIGH HIGH...

    however, in the past I have done smaller clean ups that only pay for my tools...
  10. Even Cut Lawn Care

    Even Cut Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    Just curious how much you charge per hour on leaf removal...

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