Number of accounts

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by ACutAbovesiny, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. Jake's Lawn Service

    Jake's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    17 accounts for me:) , I am 15 and still waiting till I turn 16 to get my license:)
  2. mosmgras

    mosmgras LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 270

    40 with one employee. Thats 35 weekly and 5 bi-weekly.
  3. cturfmgmt

    cturfmgmt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Everyone bases a company off of account size. This is all I hear from competitors at gas stations. "How many accounts do you have?" WHO CARES! 200 accounts paying 25 or 2 accounts paying 1M. Profit matters. Not quantity of accounts.
  4. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Talk about bringing the dead to life. When talking extremes the numbers are not important because not many people have the 200 or 2 accounts paying big bucks.

    For the most part then number of accounts is a easy fast way to judge a business. That with the average property size of the area where one operates.

    Everyone has the right to feel proud of the route they have.
  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,393

    We had 38 accounts at a place I worked at.

    What size of company is that?
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  6. cturfmgmt

    cturfmgmt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I realize the thread is old but people read these long after the thread is cold. You should be proud of any success you have-routes, referrals, etc. Account number still is a very poor measurement of success. Five accounts with little service penetration is not the same as two full-service lawns. Anyone wasting time sizing up the next guy is time you could have been productively growing your business. With many years experience, Id never give competitors figures.
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  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    We don't have competitors. We are all friends. Theres enough work to go around for everyone that needs it.

    Say you service 100 lawns in a town of 40,000. Thats not even 1% of the population.
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  8. hemiman

    hemiman LawnSite Member
    from Earth
    Messages: 42

    How about this question.. How many of these company's are still in business today that replied to this thread years ago???
  9. cturfmgmt

    cturfmgmt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Nice sentiment and all, but I've had yards stolen by other "friends" from the same church congregation -a MUCH more established businesses.I was 19. He was mid-late 50s and had children my age. Very large company. My equipment dealer is VERY successful at his sales and service business but also has a mowing route on the side. He wants his customers to succeed, so he'll give out some info on his own properties. This season, he had one stolen from him by a customer over a few bucks. This happened only after a friendly convoy at the counter. While "we're all friends" is a great mindset. Not everyone plays by the same rules. I wouldn't steal from anyone, but I've seen it and experienced it first hand.
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  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,393

    Possibly the customer was looking for a change? Can't always blame it on the person.

    Coincidences happen. Yeah its shady to take someone's accounts. But I advertise so much I wouldn't know if it is someone's or not
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