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Most profitable move this year?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mike payne, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. mike payne

    mike payne LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    What was your most profitable service this year? I took on more fert and spray jobs. The additional fert jobs gave me my first $1000.00 net day in lawncare. I am a solo operator, so this is a great day for me. I also took on more bush trimming jobs, these also were much more profitable than just mowing. Thanks.
  2. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 617

    Good move. My brother and I broke a record this summer, netted almost 900 doing fert and mowing. It was great, after cutting we fertilized, and got to go home early. A normal day is more like 400 for us.

    My best record ever was netting about 1250 bucks in a day laying sod about 6 weeks ago, working solo.

    I hope the snowplowing helps me break another one this winter.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Snow plowing by far...people can't believe how much I gross per hour with our trucks.
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    snowplowing, CHA CHING!!!!!! congrats mike payne, good chunk of money there!
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Our most profitable move this year was passing on landscape installs in the 20K+ range. We subbed a lot of hardscaping out on these larger jobs, giving us more time to hydroseed and for maintenance. These larger installs drag our margins down , and tie up short staffed manhours for 1-3 weeks at a time. Now , we are freed up to do higher margin work, still service the clients, and gain more maint. work from the 2 other LCOs we subbed to. Life was good this year..and will be even better next season.

    Rod, I hear ya on the plowing! I used to sit and do the nightly invoicing for our plow trucks, and it blew my mind with just 2 trucks...add in 2-5X that amount of trucks, and winter is a phenomenal profit maker.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    You got it Bill. I went from 2 to 4 trucks this winter with over 100 accounts...cha-ching!!!
  7. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Better start buying stock in Sealy or Stearns & Foster...LOL
  8. LawnScenes

    LawnScenes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    I don't know if it was my most profitiable service this year but... Within 3 weeks of buying my aerator, advertising aeration, and hooking up with the local extension agent. I made enough to cover the aerator and advertising a few times over. It's paid for itself many times up until it started getting cold. That extra money it made and the fact it only takes myself, a truck, trailer, and tractor to operate has been really nice.
  9. lawnsbyrj

    lawnsbyrj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    just today i put out 100 bails in 4.5 hours, I clear 3.50 a bail those jobs can get me by for a week sometimes.
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Aerating (along with reseeding too afterwards) can bring in some serious dinero for sure.

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