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Solo or Partnership?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by blewis3412, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. blewis3412

    blewis3412 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    Here's the situation. I am a high school teacher and in the summer I mow aound 20 lawns. Now, I have a fellow teacher who wants to partner up.

    I am wondering how many total lawns (with 2 guys 50/50) we would need to make the same amout of money?

    Would it be best to make stay solo? I am happy with 20 lawns, but the potential to grow it with a partner is enticing.

    Any suggestions, experiences, etc would be great!

    Happy Holidays!
  2. shane mapes

    shane mapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    not enough info... how many hours a day do you spend doing lawns .. you need to figure out overhead and all that
  3. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    aint a partnership kinda like being married twice at the same time.
  4. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Who takes care of them in the fall and early spring ?

    Twice as many ? (Given that the yards are the same size that you do now.)

    Stay solo, or you may lose a friend. ... Plus you will need to upgrade and buy more equipment.

    We say "Merry Christmas" & "Happy New Year" up here. :drinkup:
  5. M&SLawnCare

    M&SLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    Read up on partnership posts on this site and you'll have your answer. They are almost never a good idea. If you want to expand why not just hire him? A partnership gives him equal power over the equipment and clients (and it seems you already have the equipment and clients, so what does he bring to the table?), which almost always spells disaster down the road when you begin to disagree.
  6. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,632

    My guess is twice as many...or am I stating the obvious? You cannot do twice as many lawns in the same amount of time unless you have 2 trucks and equipment. Remember, you still have to drive from one house to the next, and you can't go twice as fast just because your partner is in the passenger seat.

    If I am correct, then why bother?
  7. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    I would stay solo, I have heard of to many troubles with partnerships
  8. mc24034

    mc24034 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    Rule of thumb on Partnerships... if 1+1 doesnt equal 3 then theres no need. If the other person cant bring to the table his fairshare and more then its not worth it. If your mowing 20 now you gotta mow 40 to make the same and then its a split from there. What guarentee is there that youll be able to double up your business.

    When i started my business, 2 of my friends formed seperate partnerships. In less than 2 years both of their partnerships are no longer in business.

    There are very few situations where partnerships actually workout.
  9. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    Just hire him on as a helper....pay him hourly, and you should be able to double your productivity and profits. You guys should be able to do aleast 15 a day, depending on size and scope of the lawn. JMO
  10. shane mapes

    shane mapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    i have been solo and now partnership and i would listen to tjsquickcuts... that sounds the best...........

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