Solo vs employee's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smallstripesnc, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Just double check your chart of accounts and you should likely have an account for every line on the schedule C

    Not everything maps however nor should it.
  2. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,237

    I don't know if any one said this and I'm not trying to be a jerk but since you are getting 30 calls a day, it seems to me that you could raise your prices. Pick up new accounts that pay more and slowly weed out the ones that are low.
  3. SomervilleLawncare

    SomervilleLawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    If I was getting 30 calls a day this is what I'd do....

    Buy a couple used S10's, put your logo on the side. The S10's wont eat tons of gas and can still haul a small trailer/mower just fine. Find a couple small 6x10 or 6x12 trailers, purchase another hydro 36" and a couple push mowers. Hire a couple guys at $9-10/hour.

    I don't see any reason each guy shouldn't be able to do 12 lawns a day by himself.

    So for example now you have 3 trucks out mowing 12 lawns each day Mon-Fri.

    3 trucks x 12 lawns = 36 lawns per day

    36 lawns x $25 = $900.00 per day gross income

    Wages: 2 employees x $10 an hour x 8 Hours = $160 per day.

    Gas/Misc Expenses: $200.00 per day (strictly a safe guess, but much more than you say you spend a day.)

    Your daily estimated operating costs are around $360 per day and you gross $900.00 per day give or take. This leaves you with a net profit of around $540.00 per day. :cool2:

    You could even hire a 3rd worker to run your truck, sit at home and watch the price is right and still pocket over $400 a day.

    I realize there are other numbers/costs and variables, insurance, etc.. to figure in, this is just an example of another way to think about making your business more productive and profitable since acquiring accounts doesn't seem like an issue.

    Good Luck!
  4. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    maybe I should move to Maine if the starting wage to work for an LCO is higher than $10 an hour.

    I don't have employees now but I always talk about what if I did or the what ifs when hiring someone. I sure don't plan on starting there pay any more than $10 per hour.
  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    You say that until you see the guys who show up for the $9 PH jobs. We start new guys at $10 - $12. We tried at $9 but the guys who showed up were burnouts or job jumpers. If you want to make the move we have a PT opening starting out at $11.50 for 20-35 hours a week :drinkup:
  7. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    thanks for the offer but if I move anywhere its gonna be FL.....maybe go work for diamond or something....haha
  8. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I've never scheduled less then 12 a day solo. NONE of them were as low as 25 bucks. Why cut yourself short?
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    the min per cut varies from location to location. it's not cutting yourself short if that's where your market is in your neck of the woods.
  10. JimsLocalLawn

    JimsLocalLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    $12 an hour....

    Can't you find someone that will work for food? That's what I did till he ran over the clients dog with a mower!

    I agree good work is hard to find, ever think of paying someone by the work they completed? Salesman work off commission, why can't a laborer? Maybe a bonus at the end of the month for NO injuries, damages, etc.

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