How many Fert accounts before hiring a technician?/ keep growing

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by teamgreendude, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. teamgreendude

    teamgreendude LawnSite Senior Member
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    Morning Guys,
    Here is my situation I'm just about half way through earning my four year degree in horticulture in a college town two hours away from home. It's been a struggle to hand over control of my company and focus more on school(yes it sucks!). For that reason Management thinks growing would be a waste of time, she only thinks i should keep it small and grow it once I'm done with school. I honestly don't want all of my equipment just sitting and rotting to pieces. Yes i can see were she's coming from but I'd rather keep the mowing side small because that sucks up a lot of time for two people. So I'm writing up a business plan to chart my growth fro the next ten years, in order to do that I'm trying to get a sense of ideas. My plan to grow right now would be the Fertility division and our tree Care division. My question for all the large lawn guys is How many accounts would you need before hiring a lawn Technician? I've got the truck, spreaders, sprayers(backpack) with the exception of a two hundred gallon tank I'm working on buying. So with lawn care(Fertility) and for any Arborists on here How much work did you have before you bought your first chip truck(f-450-550, chevy 4500-5500) or brush chipper? Thanks guys I'd really appreciate any help or advice.
  2. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    you could always go with artificial insemination, maybe a egg donor, get on medication to up your rate, however it may be genetic and you never will be able to up your fertility.
  3. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm sure you're looking towards the future from what it sounds like. I'm the same way. However, if you don't even have a skid sprayer yet, you're pretty far away from hiring a tech.
  4. teamgreendude

    teamgreendude LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well not exactly I'm buying one next year because we just landed another 15 Fert & Weed clients for next year. Plus I've also got another 10-15 interested people who are signing up with us for Tree & Shrub Care.
  5. teamgreendude

    teamgreendude LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm sorry, i didn't understand that. I don't speak Jacka$$. Fertility is a term used to better describe Turf Fertilization & Weed Control Services.
  6. Green Scape

    Green Scape LawnSite Member
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    Everyone needs a little guidance every once in a while. Honestly, you're the only one who can answer these questions. You will know when you can't keep up, and when it's time to hire, IMO, you are trying to do too much too soon. Grow gradually, focus on one division at a time.
  7. teamgreendude

    teamgreendude LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm just focusing on the lawn division for now and I'm still doing tree stuff, just not nearly as much in the turf department.
  8. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    hard to answer how many accounts you need first. We have a couple of routes that have large segmented properties where you can only get one or two accounts done in a day. Two days later the same guy may be working in an area with postage stamp size lawns where you can bang out 4 accounts without having to move the truck. On days like that a sing;e guy can may treat 20-25 accounts during the day. When I started up, I was doing all the applications, but I wanted to concentrate on also growing the business towards other parts of the industry as well. So I brought a tech on full time, when he wasn't doing apps he was out doing sales bringing in new customers.
  9. teamgreendude

    teamgreendude LawnSite Senior Member
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    GreenI.A thanks for the response. I'm Stuck finding a tech so i can sell more work on the tree side of my business which is still very small. So my plan Is to continue with lawns and, keep the tree side manageable until i can get myself a tech with some college education. My plan in the near future is to offer Tree & Lawn Care to residential clients and maybe have a division that focuses on commercial grounds care?
  10. teamgreendude

    teamgreendude LawnSite Senior Member
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    Should of said not nearly as much in the Tree Division.

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