Working Alone

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by madupz20, May 8, 2003.

  1. madupz20

    madupz20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Im looking to mow some lawns to take some of the financial burden of college away for the summer. Around how many lawns a week would I be able to handle, assuming that they are all around 3000 Sq.Ft.?
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Depends upon how close each account is to each other. The less loading and unloading and driving the better.
    You should still be able to do a bunch of them though, but you want your route to be pretty consolidated. It's nice to have clusters of accounts instead of just one lone account on a street.
    So once you get one account on a street, target the whole street with fliers or doorhangers so you can pick up a few more.

    Do you have any accounts lined up yet? Because it's already May, most people have already selected a lawn service for this season.
  3. madupz20

    madupz20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Actually I was planning on doing some marketing through local newspapers. I was thinking $15-25 on residential property. I saw the pitch that another member posted and he said it seemed to bring in decent business in a relativly short period of time. I am located in RI where the most you can drive is 30min without leaving the state. However, I do know what you are saying. Has anyone tried getting work from posting notices at churchs. I don't think the elderly should have to pay $50+ for a profession landscaper. I watched that happen to my grandparents when I was a bit younger.
  4. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    Why shouldnt they pay as much as a younger person?
  5. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    i do 15 a day when i work alone.most are over 3000.all depends on the size of the equipment and how close the lawns are
  6. Old 5 LawnCare

    Old 5 LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    $15 - $25 ?, Thats the reason most of us cant get a yard anymore, do yourself a favor (as well as the rest of us) and dont drop the gate for less than $40.00
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Because with many, it can dip into their Cadillac payment.:p
    I can understand cutting some slack for some, especially while knowing that they are running a little lean, but not for these retired folks with the Caddies, and the quarter million dollar motor home and such.
  8. TotalCareSolutions

    TotalCareSolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    Are you guys really cuttin Lawns for $15-20??


    Can someone (that is not being medicated) give a rational explaination for this?
  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    If you can do 10 lawns a day at $15. per lawn you will bring in $150.00 per day x 5 days = $750.00 per week. Sounds great. But being a professional landscaper and having to pay all the taxes and insurance and up grading of my equipment, you all the stuff that you won't have to do by charging $15. per lawn, I charge more than $15., an average price of $35. per lawn , elderly or not.

    Now if I do the same lawns, 10 per day @ $35.00 per lawn = $350.00 per day x 5 days = $1750.00. I guess being a professional may pay off.
  10. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    Are you guys really cuttin Lawns for $15-20??

    Ya really, after paying ins, fuel, equipment payments you would be losing $

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