How much to Gross per crew of 2 employees 40 hours

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by privatelawn, May 27, 2007.

  1. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Im wondering about how much should you gross pretty much just mowing for 2 employees running a route per week if they each work 40 hours?
  2. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    It depends on their tools? 21 inch mowers or 60 in z's! I'd say u should at least make a couple thou a week with them, unless u are only using small mowers and then even more depending on your input. But this is of course assuming that they are competant workers that don't stand around with their thumb up their a%%! And that your drive times aren't outrageous
  3. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    Who cares about gross? I want to make sure I cover my costs, and then know how much I'm NETTING! Then I will know if I can keep food on the table!
    Too many variables to tell you how much to make.... what are you paying the employees, what equipment are you running, how much are you paying for gas, insurance, etc... What are your costs??
  4. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    52" ztr, im sorta new to the biz and would rather have a figure if the route is tight as thats what im working on, I figure I should be able to get enough customers where they will work all day in 1 subdivision so drivetime will be minimum.

    Well whats important to me is to find out what gross per employee will be enough to make a profit as a biz owner

  5. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Which is why im asking gross as the net I should be able to figure out and to keep it without all the variables.

    Gross is what should determine if I need to raise my prices or vice versa and net is more of how I run the biz

  6. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Most here say they have a minimum of like $30 or whatever per cut, I do not like using the minimum per cut way...

    if I rephrase the question

    2 employees should cut atleast 150 lawns per week, if I used for example the $30 per cut id gross $4500 per week for 2 employees, that would be great but I cant charge that much...
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think you should be grossing at least double what you would gross by yourself, because it is hard to say what you should gross, it could be as little as $600 or as much as $4000, it really all depends on too many factors to consider.

    However, it appears this could be the problem:
    Fix that and you likely won't worry about it no more, because I sure don't.
    Which is to say there are times when I'm not grossing enough, but the question of how much doesn't bother me.
    And that could also be why you're asking, is because of the suspicion that you're not grossing enough...?
    In my case, I either know I'm getting paid enough, or I know I'm not (or at least I suspect it).
    Now whether at the end of the week I have enough, I don't care but so much so long I got paid enough for what I did.

    Yes it blows to only bring in 600 a week, but it blows worse if I had to cut my price in half to get 1200 (think double labor, double parts, double maintenance, double fuel and double every other cost, vs 600 for the right wear and tear etc).

    I still think the hardest part of charging the right price is keeping a straight face, such as when it involves $100 / hour.
    But I've done it, and got paid, so it's not impossible, the hardest part is, well, getting over myself.
    It's just that time I guess, have to raise the prices, uh-humm, yup, little here, little there, lalala
  8. deereequipment

    deereequipment LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    2 employees and myself, I shoot for at least $800.00 per day, what ever we are doing.
  9. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    Working a 40 hour week ... these two (2) guys will need to mow almost 4 lawns an hour to do this (actually 3¾ lawns an hour). These have got to be postage stamp lawns, with very very little drive time.
  10. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    COme on !!!! 150 a week 27 lawns a day mon-fri, with no rain dates and break down time?? You boys in Fla. have alot of mowing to do:dizzy:

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