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This week we are sponsoring our neighborhood association newsletter (86 homes).
What does it mean to sponsor your neighborhood association newsletter? Do you put an ad in it or do you pay for the printing? How did all that work out?

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As a one man show, how do we hire an experienced guy to help with jobs and still make money? We want someone that is knowledgeable and will take care of our equipment. What do we pay him? We charge from $25/$30 for our small/medium yards and $45 for the largest. The jobs take from 30-40 minutes and almost 2 hours (1 yard with many beds and grassy areas to deal with). With loading/unloading and travel time it will eat any profits. Thankfully most of our jobs are situated 2 houses within a block of each other. Fred is going to be worn out with no profits to show. Is this what to expect when taking that next step in growth?
No doubt this is a dilemma many lawn care businesses find themselves in. Profits from strictly lawn care can be very slight that it is hard to take on employees and still be able to charge enough to maintain a competitive edge.

This is why we have seen some members branch off into other work that offers higher profit potential like landscape services, light excavation and others. You could make a post on this specific topic alone and be reading responses for days!
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