What worked for you last year?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mike payne, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. mike payne

    mike payne LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I have been working on my income taxes all day and I am trying to see what was profitable last year. What worked for you? What did not work very well? What are you going to change for next year? I know that is a lot of questions, but I believe that you must always look at ways to improve. Thanks
  2. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 587

    leaf jobs are my least profitable. we use 3-4 guys, 60"j.d. poc w/attchmnt, billygoat push blower(badass), and backpacks. load the leaves on tarps and then into trailer, unload trailer at dump. in all our years of doing business, we have paid the least attention to our leaf equipment and processes. might not be the year, but i want to get a dumping bed and vac.
  3. pap4464

    pap4464 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Charlies, once you get that set up I bet leaf removal because one of your most profitable. I just purchased a 1 ton dump this past year and increased my sales 41% over '02. Curbside vacuuming is where it's at!
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 8,742

    my top five
    1. lawn maintenance (strictly mowing)
    2. landscaping maintenance (weeding, pruning)
    3. spring clean up
    4. fall clean up
    5. snow removal
  5. Yard Perfect

    Yard Perfect LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    Parking the vehicle and mowing 14 lawns was very profitable. I will be looking for ways to do this more. Power washing worked, but I will be charging more, and I will get into Christmas lights.
  6. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    Snow :eek: Snow:D Snow:eek:
  7. Bond's Lawn Keepers

    Bond's Lawn Keepers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    All we do is manicure lawns year around. Just mow more lawn this year. I mow all year around, the only month is slow is February and then i can go fishing. Hey isn't fun working on taxes. You get to add all of the gas you use in one year. I use about $10,000.00 in gas alone. This year i am going up on all of my customers like or not.

    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,129

    Getting part time help for landscaping jobs, pay em $8/hr and bill the customer $30/hr.
  9. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I'd say the most profitable for me is in the spring time doing spring cleanups. I have guys working around the clock edging natural areas, spreading out mulch, spreading pinestraw, cutting back bushes etc... We are going to be starting up here in about 3 weeks! I can't wait.
  10. mbricker

    mbricker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Christmas lights--yuck. NEVER did get one of those jobs done anywhere close to the time it should have taken--too much discuss, discuss, discuss, and picky, picky, picky. Had one old guy tell me that I needed to go back and turn all the bulbs so they pointed the same direction. Now I run FAST when somebody starts asking if I do Christmas lites.

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