is this a realistic goal?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by lottlawncare, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. lottlawncare

    lottlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Is this a realistic goal for next year? I just want some extra cash, I work nights. I plan on buying 2 cheap home depot trimmers, 2 home depot push mowers, and i have a backpack blower. I'm not worried about advertising (I got it covered). But I want to get 20 houses (small lots), weekly, and make an average of $25 per yard, so $500 a week. I plan to mow 5 yards a day, 4 days a week. I think I can start my first yard at 8:30 and be home by 2 in the afternoon. Can this be done, or are there some other factors that I'm unaware of? Another concern is this: can i get/keep customers without having to present some big company image? I just want to come across as a college guy trying to make some cash. I'm gonna use low grade equipment (i don't see the point in buying huge expensive mowers) and I don't want signs and big trailers and all of that stuff. How many of you guys are small scale like that?
    Sorry I'm scatterbrained :)
  2. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    Well I think you'll find out rather soon that what you are describing is the type of business that gets pretty beat up by other LCO's in the business. What I mean is, if you don't plan on having insurance, paying taxes, and being a legit business someone may blow the whistle on you and deservedly so. Now if you are going to have insurance, pay taxes, be a legit business then yeah, I'd say you could meet your goals. Keep in mind that that $500 a week will shrink with taxes, insurance costs, equipment needs, repairs, etc. So you may have to plan on doing 30-40 houses a week, then throw in a rainy day or two and what will that do to your schedule? Not trying to rain on your parade or anything, but there a number of things you'll need to think about before entering the business.

    We just completed our first year in the business so I know where you're coming from. So hopefully you do things the right way and if so good luck, hope it works out for you.

  3. oneandonlyjojo

    oneandonlyjojo LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 125

    i would say if u are making just side money and not doing it for life dont become legit but god forbid u screw sumtin up bad u will get raped. ive never heard of anyone getting caught so its all up to. if u become legit u will make a little less due to all the taxes and such. but overhead wont be that high since u are solo

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