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What do you net? (POLL)

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rgodwin, Oct 10, 2016.


What do you net? (Your individual profit)

  1. 30k or less

    169 vote(s)
  2. 30k-60k

    98 vote(s)
  3. 60k-100k

    72 vote(s)
  4. 100k +

    58 vote(s)
  5. I made enough to run for president.

    13 vote(s)
  1. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,498

    It's just the reality of life here I need the home to expand business I'm currently working out of a rental with 2 trucks and 2 full time employees and my wife. You can get a tear down house for 300k so it is what it is. With 6k disposable income a month and 2k mortgage we will be ok and could always get jobs to cover it if business went to hell/sell it.

    I don't spend money on anything and we've already saved 40k since late February on top of our expenses and truck repairs etc. I'm sure our income will get past 100k eventually but we can make it work for now. I have not bought anything I didn't need in several years, my wife doesn't spend anything on herself other than face cream. I only like to spend money on travelling.
    TrainingWheels and zraffz like this.
  2. zraffz

    zraffz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Dang not to go off topic but what state do you live in?!
    300k in my area of NJ buys a 2k square foot house on 5+ acres or a 3500-4ksq foot house on an acre.
  3. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,498

    I'm in Canada, so it's Canadian $. It's Nanaimo which isn't really a town with a lot of opportunities, about 90k people. 400k average house price, I moved 2 hours away from Victoria where average price is around 800k, then over to Vancouver where it is about $1.8m. Vancouver has driven up prices in all cities in our province, people selling out and moving away.

    Look up Vancouver, BC real estate and it's ridiculous what these run down shacks are selling for. It's not Manhattan, around 1m people with average household income of 70k. Mostly foreign money.
  4. fami1y3man

    fami1y3man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    What are your goals in life?
    Follow your dreams not the paycheck!
    You'll always be happier.
  5. MowDaddy

    MowDaddy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,712

    What if my dream is a paycheck ;)
  6. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,934

    Office day for me today as its cold out here but I have two guys out working. I havnt been on LS for a long time. But reading a few pages of this thread - I love how guys on here present and theroize there numbers. Weekend warriors making (grossing) $100K all while working else where 50-60 a hours week. Im going off the deep end here but how many have kids, activites, house chores, school events, church, family stuff list goes on cuz i find it interesting how everyone seems to have all these hours to work. 168 hours in 7 days, if you work 7 seven days and 24 hours a day. But intersting read non the less!
    Mdirrigation likes this.
  7. LawnGuy35

    LawnGuy35 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    I'm amazed by this too. Have read many times guys who claim to work 40+ hours a week at a full-time job, then turn around and mow 40, 50 or more lawns a week on the side. I call BS, but who knows. I suppose if I were single, had no kids, could get by on only a few hours of sleep a day, and only wanted to work, I might be able to swing it. But doubtful.
    Mdirrigation likes this.
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,738

    Ya, $100k gross part timing it nights and weekends? Mowing Lawns? cmon.....
  9. Joseph Russ

    Joseph Russ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    This is my first year in business, so keep that in mind...

    1. Under $30k (around $1500 per month so far)
    2. Approx 20% for expenses (labor, materials, expenditures)
    3. 10 Accounts (4 are weekly recurring)
    4. Less than 3 months

    I work full-time whether it's on a job or spreading the word about my business.
  10. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    Hard to do mowing lawns but landscaping sure.

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