Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

How much did you grow per year?


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-01-2011, 10:39 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default How much did you grow per year?

Here's a thought that may help some that are teetering on whether or not they should get into the business or not. To give an idea of the type of growth that may be seen.

How many weekly customers did you service each year you have been in business? One time customers would be mulch jobs, hedge trims etc...

In my case we are entering our 3rd year,

1st Year: 9 weekly customers, 7 one time customers
2nd Year: 24 weekly customers, 27 one time customers
3rd Year:
4th Year:
5th Year:
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 03-02-2011, 06:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,466
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Looking back now, did you feel you had some customer goals for your first year and second year? How did your goals compare with the reality of what happened?

If you would have known how many customers you were going to get, would you still have gotten into the business?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-02-2011, 07:03 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

I expected the start up to be slow. I wasn't sure how I would handle it at the time so slow start up was actually good in my case, it gave me time to learn more about the business and what customers look for. This year my goal is to get to 40 weekly customers.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-04-2011, 12:51 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,466
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It seems that there is a range a business can grow without it having the problem of imploding on itself. The range tends to be between 10% to 20% a year.

The first couple of years may not follow this range because you may be functioning with a lot of unused time and infrastructure but once you get a full schedule, your growth show be slow, steady, and sustainable.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-04-2011, 07:39 PM
950thomas 950thomas is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 171
Rep Power: 5
950thomas is on a distinguished road
Default

My company doubled for years till now we grow by 12 to 20 percent a year I wish I could still double but that would be hard to manage my first year me and a partner picked up close two 200 yards are first year then we split the business and went our separate ways
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-04-2011, 08:19 PM
SpokaneSRC SpokaneSRC is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 89
Rep Power: 5
SpokaneSRC is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jymie View Post
1st Year: 9 weekly customers, 7 one time customers
2nd Year: 24 weekly customers, 27 one time customers
3rd Year:
4th Year:
5th Year:
Hey,
how many of your first year customers did you re-sign for the second year?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-04-2011, 08:25 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SpokaneSRC View Post
Hey,
how many of your first year customers did you re-sign for the second year?
Each one I still have today. So I guess we must be doing something right. These were my first and they pay the same as when we first started them as I view them as the ones that gave us a chance so I keep them the same.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-04-2011, 08:32 PM
SpokaneSRC SpokaneSRC is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 89
Rep Power: 5
SpokaneSRC is on a distinguished road
Default

That's cool. This is my first year starting my own business. I would be happy with those results.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-04-2011, 09:11 PM
CFD192 CFD192 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 6
CFD192 is on a distinguished road
Default

First year 10 weekly customers
Second 18 weekly 2 one time
Third 32 weekly 5 one time....plus whatever else I can pick up. 10 yards were an add on of another business. Third year is this year so there is the possiblity to get more, we have received 4 contracts for this year, and have submitted several other just waiting on the mowing season to get here.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-06-2011, 03:42 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,466
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
My company doubled for years till now we grow by 12 to 20 percent a year I wish I could still double but that would be hard to manage my first year me and a partner picked up close two 200 yards are first year then we split the business and went our separate ways
For those that haven't gotten to this point yet, can you tell us a little about why it is so difficult to keep that initial level of growth going?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grow Grass Grow Steve W Introduce Yourself 11 04-03-2009 11:56 AM
To Grow or Not to Grow Totally Green General Business Discussions 6 03-13-2009 07:27 AM
When to grow? tiedeman General Business Discussions 2 01-29-2007 04:49 PM
looking to grow mato General Business Discussions 2 02-09-2005 08:35 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
Today 06:30 PM
by Mattw
8 2,349
Hi everyone
Mattw
Today 05:59 PM
Today 05:59 PM
by Mattw
0 1
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
Today 04:38 PM
by GreenWorx
11 3,247
4th of July parade...
Steve
Today 10:35 AM
Today 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 19
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
Today 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 165
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
Today 10:25 AM
by Steve
6 2,066
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
Today 10:19 AM
by Steve
13 2,264
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
Today 10:16 AM
by Steve
4 146
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
Today 10:14 AM
by Steve
7 1,974
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,177
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 114
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-01-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
6 1,945
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 1,921
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 111
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
06-30-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,769
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-29-2015 09:23 PM
by Chilehead
6 1,927
Marketing ideas
xandrew245x
04-29-2014 06:35 AM
06-25-2015 07:11 PM
by GreenWorx
34 5,809
Never ending sod jobs
avetslawncare
06-05-2015 09:46 PM
06-25-2015 11:42 AM
by Steve
11 2,416
Weed and Feed Service...
mike94740
06-23-2015 05:50 PM
06-24-2015 09:56 PM
by avetslawncare
2 1,830
Trimming hedges / trees,...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
06-23-2015 07:08 PM
06-24-2015 09:59 AM
by Steve
1 1,832
Hi Everyone from Arkansas
KellyMarie
06-04-2015 04:16 PM
06-23-2015 01:34 PM
by KellyMarie
4 2,108
problems with a customer...
LawnCareMan280
06-16-2015 10:26 PM
06-22-2015 11:11 AM
by Steve
6 2,146
Please review this FREE...
markty
06-21-2015 07:42 AM
06-22-2015 11:00 AM
by Steve
1 1,856
A good commercial bid...
burtle
06-20-2015 09:09 PM
06-22-2015 10:56 AM
by Steve
1 1,923
What would you do with...
holymoly
06-20-2015 06:48 PM
06-22-2015 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 1,884
New Member just joined...
vgoleco@hotmail.com
06-19-2015 03:49 PM
06-22-2015 10:42 AM
by Steve
2 1,873
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 03:04 PM
06-21-2015 07:24 PM
by Chilehead
4 1,987
Blade usage
Wolf4dk
06-16-2015 12:18 AM
06-21-2015 05:35 PM
by kslawn
4 1,992
Hello, I am new to the...
adamslawnservices
06-17-2015 08:06 PM
06-19-2015 10:28 AM
by Steve
3 1,908
First commercial bid
SGL1
06-12-2015 08:57 PM
06-18-2015 05:04 PM
by SGL1
9 2,382
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
06-18-2015 11:02 AM
by Steve
7 2,066
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
06-18-2015 10:46 AM
by Steve
10 2,147
Customer keeps adding...
Mr. Mow
06-13-2015 06:22 AM
06-16-2015 10:23 AM
by Steve
11 2,409
Pass discounts onto...
burnell76
06-03-2015 06:33 PM
06-16-2015 10:02 AM
by burnell76
3 2,077
burned grass only where...
nhauto
06-15-2015 05:28 PM
06-16-2015 09:45 AM
by Steve
2 1,944
Half year mark review.
Steve
06-02-2015 11:24 AM
06-15-2015 01:04 PM
by Steve
18 2,703
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
06-15-2015 01:01 PM
by Steve
86 9,772
New Member
Bruce Fehr
06-05-2015 07:13 PM
06-15-2015 12:53 PM
by Steve
6 2,079
New to the business,...
CarefreeMowing
06-12-2015 02:36 PM
06-15-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
1 1,966
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
06-13-2015 08:48 AM
by holymoly
45 12,100
New to the forum, new to...
CarefreeMowing
06-11-2015 12:35 PM
06-12-2015 10:44 AM
by Steve
2 1,877
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
06-11-2015 10:50 PM
by stallman419
8 2,443
Website Review
Outdoordesignsknox
06-08-2015 08:44 PM
06-11-2015 09:48 PM
by Just for Cuts
13 2,337
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
06-10-2015 01:45 PM
by holymoly
15 3,033
Hello from the GREAT...
gbfarmsllc
06-09-2015 11:10 AM
06-10-2015 01:29 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,948
Hey guys and gals, I'm...
Joeyhall
06-03-2015 03:54 PM
06-08-2015 02:15 PM
by chris2500hd
8 2,200
Mowing Bermuda...
Mr. Mow
06-02-2015 12:45 PM
06-08-2015 12:45 PM
by Steve
12 2,362
Hey Guys
PrattLandscaping
06-07-2015 06:37 PM
06-08-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
2 1,967
Share your stolen...
SGL1
05-27-2015 09:05 PM
06-08-2015 11:54 AM
by Steve
25 2,922
Hello there My name is...
zwalk1839
06-04-2015 11:10 PM
06-08-2015 11:52 AM
by Steve
4 2,080
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts design ditches door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental flyers foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna increase customers jobs landscape services landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour charge per hour service plowing profit on employee push versus ride scag scripts sell the vision seo shell small engine repair snow plowing sq ft steep lawns swzt trailer tree tree pics trimmer rack up sell employee web design website website design www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:41 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:41 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy