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Steve. For me at least a half hour is the average. I do live in a very rural area though. Our closest Walmart is 2 cities over so its not uncommon for service operators to drive 30-45 minutes to a call.
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I lived in a small town, Hutchinson, MN for 1 summer. Even though I lived about 3 miles in the "country" when I got in "town" everything was pretty much condensed into 1 area. There were quite a few neighborhoods in town, enough to keep any LCO busy. Of course there are homes spread out all over the surrounding area but the concentration was pretty tight.
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If you're a solo operator (like I was), you're not going to finish a lawn in the same amount of time as 3 guys working a lawn. That was 1 thing that really got me down too. Let's say you can get a small lawn for $35/week. It takes you 20 minutes to get there (start the stopwatch when you grab your keys). 30 to 45 minutes to do the lawn and back home inside the house is another 20 minutes (stop the stopwatch when everything is put away and you sit down). That's 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes for $35, or about $23/hour. You'll be surprised how much time you actually spend doing someone's lawn if you use a stopwatch.
Did you charge them differently or do anything differently once you found out how much time you really were spending on the property?
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Hey Jason,
I lived in a small town, Hutchinson, MN for 1 summer. Even though I lived about 3 miles in the "country" when I got in "town" everything was pretty much condensed into 1 area. There were quite a few neighborhoods in town, enough to keep any LCO busy. Of course there are homes spread out all over the surrounding area but the concentration was pretty tight.
I wish it were that way here. I may drive 1 hour to a town then turn around and drive 45 minute south to another town and after that possible drive 1.15 hours north to the next county and yet a different town over. My county is approximately 605 square miles with only 6 incorporated cities and a few unincorporated areas. Makes for a little of miles on the road each day.
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I wish it were that way here. I may drive 1 hour to a town then turn around and drive 45 minute south to another town and after that possible drive 1.15 hours north to the next county and yet a different town over. My county is approximately 605 square miles with only 6 incorporated cities and a few unincorporated areas. Makes for a little of miles on the road each day.
Wow, that IS a lot of driving! Do you (and other lawn companies) charge a little "extra" because of all the gas you burn?
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Wow, that IS a lot of driving! Do you (and other lawn companies) charge a little "extra" because of all the gas you burn?
Some here may remember me talking about a $10 surcharge for anything over a 20 minute drive but I do not charge that anyway. I really have no extra charge for gas. I simply spend a lot of time scheduling to try and get a hole area in one day then another area the next day, I also use my navigation to organize my routs for gas savings, remember the shortest rout is not always the fastest and visaversa.
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