how much are you making

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by hotpan, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. hotpan

    hotpan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    just wondering on how much some of you are making full time, and how many accounts, how many workers?


    dont mean to offend anyone if this is tooo personal :( not making anything yet :)
  2. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    One gazillion $$$$$ :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:

    Sorry I couldn't help myself

    You didn't offend me, but for me it is to personal :waving:
  3. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,619

    ok, I work solo, had 33 regular mowing accounts last year. My average lawn cut cost $45. I spent about $120 per week on gas. Insurance was about $100/month. I did lots of extra services like mulch, dethatching, aeration/seeding and cleanup when the lawns aren't growing. Midseason I did some shrubs, pruning, weeding, and random work, when I could fit it in around mowing. I work about 8 months. I spend way too much on equipment, but I can't help myself.

    You do the math.
  4. cgrappler135

    cgrappler135 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    Have about 43 accounts average $25-30, 1 part time guy for thurs. route. so i bill out around $4500 or so a month plus i do mulch, etc. cut about 7.5 months a year and then do snow.
  5. ICE

    ICE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    Not enough, that is why I am out.

    That is it! I have thrown in the towel, and I am done and out of this business and selling off the whole unit.
    I have a 2003 Exmark 48" Hydro Turftracer HP TTHP with electric start 17 HP Kawi engine, low hours, velke and like new Aluminum Accelerator grass catcher for $4300 The model # is TT4817KAEC

    The trailer is a 2002 5x10 open heavy duty utility single axle trailer made by Mid-Atlantic. No electric brakes. The GVWR is listed at 2990lbs and the GAWR is listed at 3500lbs. It pulls nicely and has no problem tracking either. You can hardly tell that it is even behind you when pulling. $850

    My trimmer is a Redmax solid shaft trimmer Model # BCZ2400S. I bought this brand new in 2005 for $325. I bought this model because I have heard/read that this model does not viberate as much as a cable trimmer. I love it, it works just like it is supposed to and if I were to get back in this business, I would be picking up another one of these trimmers. $250

    My handheld blower is a little older, bought secondhand, but still starts right up and blows pretty hard. It is a sthil afterall. $75

    If anyone needs any pictures, please let me know. I would sell the whole unit as a whole for $5000, and deliver it too for a little more. If you live anywhere between NY and NC, we may be able to work something out.

    I think that is a pretty fair deal. Everything is in good working order, I stand behind it. I would continue doing this business if I were able to pick up more customers, but 5 just is not going to cut it.

    You can see pictures if you click the link below and see the post.

    Thanks for looking!
  6. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    i set my goals, and exceeded them, operated fully legal and made a good profit .....even made out at tax time for the first time in 15 years....wife and i have no kids so we get screwed .....expect things to just get better....
  7. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    not enough as usual economy real bad in detroit area, 500 homes a week and im stil broke lol. tuff when the laid off guys go buy a used walkbehind and charge 15 bucks a lawn. i can see why people get out of the buisiness
  8. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 642

    landscape from mid-march to mid jan....spring / fall clean-ups-mulch loam stone, lawn maintence , stump, bush, tree removal...lot clearing tree work, excavating, and snow plowing in dec to april, have about 60 plow account,s and around 30 lawns...but alot of my work for landscaping is a one time thing, we will go in , do a tree job, and get out, and maybe not ever go back...we make a good amount, tons plowing, and landscaping, its ok, depends on wat you are doing, the design jobs are good and also the tree jobs, and clean-ups!

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    I am salaried and the landscape side of my business payed 35K, plus if I work it pays $15 per hour. With all the hassles of the crews last year I cut a route and will not be able to make that this year. The handyman side pays better anyway so I will concentrate more on that side of things
    I also sell real estate and that takes better than 40hours each week so time is better spent elsewhere. But I will have one truck out there.
  10. RobertVF

    RobertVF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I believe that if you are not legit in your service, and taking away jobs from those who are, it will come back around to you and hurt you in the long run.

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