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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Heath, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. Heath

    Heath LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I am new to this site and I must say the information for what I am planning to do is very beneficial. In planning to start in the industry in the Spring of 06, I wanted an idea about many lawns I could realistically do working evenings after the 8-5 gig and on weekends. I was advised to start out solo as well as opposed to hiring part time help to get in more jobs. Feedback?

    The Tips, Do's and Don'ts is great, thanks! thank goodness my wife is a CPA.

    Go Astros!!
  2. Shane7258

    Shane7258 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Maybe one after the work day and 4 on a nonworkdays solo
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    my stuff got cross-post in the wrong thread, sorry...
  4. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    im going full time in the spring, but this year i have 25, from 5000 sqft to 3.5 acres and everthing inbetween.... i work my butt off,,,, but i get er done.....
  5. CutNLawns

    CutNLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Same story here. Right at 20 I take care of now after work and on weekends. Size are around 8K-25K lawns with a nice 4ac commercial job I do. Most are weeklys with a couple bi-weekly and one lawn is every MFWMFW. Not too bad during the summer when the days are longer and I can work only a few days until dark but now I run every night until dark M-S and do aerations on Sunday just to keep up. Dumping the Eng job in the spring and going FT.
  6. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    I'm the cheep type,

    I don't hire anyone until I have more than I can handle myself.

    It's harder to do an entire yard by yourself, and more time consuming. but all the pay is yours.

    When you get to the point where you cant do all the yards, or cant handle it.
    Hire someone, but try to have enoulf work to keep this person busy.

    It's hard to find someone who's good and have them only work 3 hrs here and 5 there....

    Day labors are sometimes a nightmare
  7. Heath

    Heath LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    in a residential area with average size yards, how long does it take a one man team usually to knock a job? I know it depends on size of course, takes me approx. 1 hour to mow, edge, weedeat, clean up my little tiny yard by myself. after the 8-5 job, i would like to do 2 yards in the evenings on weeknights and around 20 more on the weekend. realistic?
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I think the 20 yards on the weekends is unrealistic for you.You should GET some yards first and do the work then you will fiqure out how much you can handle alone
  9. premierlawncare

    premierlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Depends of the drive time house to house. Depends on your equipment. It also is going to be difficult working 7 days a week.
  10. joedaddy

    joedaddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Very unrealistic. What happens if it rains Saturday and Sunday? Or if a part breaks on your mower and you have to order it, you would get way behind, besides Sundays are for church and resting.

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