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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ken50, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. ken50

    ken50 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Messages: 142

    I was reading the poll about how much gross income many of you brought in. Now what I am wondering is, how much net profit can I expect....as a general rule. Also was wondering what services many of you offer....strictly mowing, fertilizing, aerating, spraying, tree trimming? Where is the profit in this business, is it in the mowing, or in the extras?

  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    the answer to this question will vary from company to company. it depends on whether you purchase your equipment or are financing, your expenses etc etc etc.......... some guys here do strictly mowing, some do strictly landscaping etc, do a search and you can get a good idea of what everyone does. which is most profitable will also depend on your area, and customers.
  3. ken50

    ken50 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Messages: 142

    I knew there would be a lot of variables, was just looking for a ballpark figure, but I know that is probably next to impossible...Thanks for responding anyway...
  4. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Solo business can be as high as 90% profit. We are at around 40% profit.
  5. monkey9197

    monkey9197 LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 77

    take how much money u bring in a week and subtract your expenses thats all not dificult unless u do like large jobs and its at random then u cant guess
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,689

    The bigger you get the lower the margin I read enough of the trade magazines and see the 1-5 million dollar a year companies. And they are jumping for joy when they hit 8-9% profit and talk about the bad years when they were 1-3% profit. Solo will be much higher since you don’t pay your self. When you get a few crews it could still be 25-50% but that depends allot on your goals are you actively growing the business if so kiss that profit margin good bye its going in to advertising, employee training, new equipment, and trucks. Companies are at their most profitable when they have reached the desired size they set out to become.
  7. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    Alot of variables will determine your net. If you "manage" your business you can increase you bottom line just by watching every dollar. ( very important)

    I make a lot more from add on services.

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