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.

What can be done now?


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
View Poll Results: What to do about too much business?
get a loan and go into debit 3 25.00%
out right turn down new jobs 7 58.33%
Sub out the work to other companys 2 16.67%
Voters: 12. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-05-2010, 04:19 PM
mburse1977's Avatar
mburse1977 mburse1977 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 7
mburse1977 is on a distinguished road
Default What can be done now?

I started this business up a month ago and may have run into being maxed out all ready. I have a new account coming up that may put me at 25 yards a day. Did not expect to grow this fast and was wounding what to do now. The plain was to build up equipment and hire people next year when i have the extra equipment to do so. No i might be maxed out and have advertisements out there i can not stop they are all ready in the customers hands.

Do i go into massive debt to buy new equipment and hire crews with no capital no so more debit.Do not like this idea. Wait and out right turn down new customers another idea i will not like doing.Make arrangements to sell these new accounts to other company's for a fee and if so whats a good fee for give away customers that would be nice to keep.


Not that this is a bad thing but one dose not expect to go from broke to over night success so one dose not pain for this.How fast should this business grow and did this happen to a lot? Should i have thought about this before i started the company? I know it helps and if worse comes to worse i will hope my sales skills sucked and the ads i have out there are not that good and i can sit on the accounts i now have a grow next year but if now what would you do in the spot?
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 06-05-2010, 05:33 PM
robgee05 robgee05 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: newfield nj
Posts: 95
Rep Power: 7
robgee05 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by mburse1977 View Post
I started this business up a month ago and may have run into being maxed out all ready. I have a new account coming up that may put me at 25 yards a day. Did not expect to grow this fast and was wounding what to do now. The plain was to build up equipment and hire people next year when i have the extra equipment to do so. No i might be maxed out and have advertisements out there i can not stop they are all ready in the customers hands.

Do i go into massive debt to buy new equipment and hire crews with no capital no so more debit.Do not like this idea. Wait and out right turn down new customers another idea i will not like doing.Make arrangements to sell these new accounts to other company's for a fee and if so whats a good fee for give away customers that would be nice to keep.


Not that this is a bad thing but one dose not expect to go from broke to over night success so one dose not pain for this.How fast should this business grow and did this happen to a lot? Should i have thought about this before i started the company? I know it helps and if worse comes to worse i will hope my sales skills sucked and the ads i have out there are not that good and i can sit on the accounts i now have a grow next year but if now what would you do in the spot?
Well Id like to say congrats first. How were you advertising? How do your prices compare with competitors. You may want to start raising prices for new customers. What kind of equipment are you using, will a bigger/faster mower help. 25 cuts is a lot of work a day for one guy. GL

Rob
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-05-2010, 08:04 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

What does your business plan say?

I worked in banking for over 14 years at a very senior level, the killer of small business in my experience is receivables and poor cash management, manage your growth, I even struggle at times with 30 years experience, just take a deep breath and take it slow.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-05-2010, 08:09 PM
JP Landscaping JP Landscaping is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 7
JP Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default try this

you might be able to sub out work to guys who are mowing for the summer but don't really have a business going. I see on craigslist all the time of guys who have zero turn mowers or mowing equipment willing to mow for lawn companies. You can take a % of the income and next year when you have the ability to expand, you can take the accounts with your own crew.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-06-2010, 12:50 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,925
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Very interesting situation!

Are you comfortable with the prices you are charging or do you feel you need to be making more out of each customer?

This could be effecting your ability to grow.

If you can, share with us some of your insight on that.
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 06-07-2010, 01:24 PM
mburse1977's Avatar
mburse1977 mburse1977 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 7
mburse1977 is on a distinguished road
Default

This is not the problem i am charging the standard in the area to cut lawns and even get more the customer always pays more than the invoice is so i am getting a avg of 35 to 40 per yard of 1500 square feet are about 30 min mowing time with push mower.Just never thought i would grow this fast planed on doing it a little slower but when given the chance can not turn it down. I will just have to sub out to others accounts i get that are new and keep up with this new contract. I will cut and new advertisements out for now and start them up when i have new equipment and more employees.Just can not turn down a big contract like this its too good and money in the back if they pay on time that is which they should they have a sub payment system in place.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Very interesting situation!

Are you comfortable with the prices you are charging or do you feel you need to be making more out of each customer?

This could be effecting your ability to grow.

If you can, share with us some of your insight on that.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-08-2010, 05:31 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,925
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Are you doing this full time now or is it part time for you?

If it is part time, what kind of transition plan do you have in your mind to make that jump to full time?
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 06-08-2010, 10:17 AM
mburse1977's Avatar
mburse1977 mburse1977 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 7
mburse1977 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Are you doing this full time now or is it part time for you?

If it is part time, what kind of transition plan do you have in your mind to make that jump to full time?
Part time plain on going full time next year after i get about 50,000 in clients set up.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-08-2010, 11:18 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,925
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Have you figured out yet how many customer would be needed in order to hit the $50,000 a year goal?
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 06-08-2010, 11:01 PM
racerdude711
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Have you thought about hiring someone to do the trimming and blowing? Perhaps hiring a local teenager thats out of high school for the summer would speed up the amount of time spent at each property. Pay him minimum wage, or maybe a little more than that, $8/hour? You said it takes you about 30 min each to mow, so maybe you can cut that down to 20 min each with some help.

If you were cutting 25 lawns a day, at 20 min a piece, it will take you about 8.5 hours to mow a day, that not including drive time.

If you stay at 30 min a lawn, it takes you 12.5 hours a day to mow, not including drive time.

So, if you payed your help $8/hour, and it takes a total of 8.5 hours to mow, that would be $68 a day for help. If you make $35 to $40/yard, as you stated, that means you bring home $875-$1,000 a day. (minus expenses)

Looks like to me that spending $68 a day for help would be worth it. It would save you 4 hours of mowing each day.

Just my thoughts, keep us posted on what your final decision will be.
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Having an issue with...
Mr. Mow
04-27-2016 03:58 PM
04-28-2016 05:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 91
Hello From Virginia
JJand M Lawncare
04-25-2016 01:02 PM
04-27-2016 05:20 PM
by Steve
5 122
Hello from Calgary
Freshcut
04-22-2016 06:10 PM
04-25-2016 05:46 PM
by Freshcut
2 106
knowledge is Key
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-23-2016 02:23 AM
04-25-2016 02:40 PM
by Steve
2 115
Echo Bed Redefiner...
NPM_LLC
04-12-2016 10:54 AM
04-22-2016 06:15 PM
by Freshcut
4 306
Has anyone done a garden?
Brian3137
03-28-2016 10:42 AM
04-22-2016 04:42 PM
by biglee
13 9,740
What would you charge?
markty
04-18-2016 03:28 PM
04-22-2016 09:01 AM
by chris2500hd
6 268
Replaced Mower Engine
Sprinkler Buddy
04-15-2016 06:21 AM
04-19-2016 11:03 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 249
Hello from Oklahoma
Ron Hall
03-24-2016 06:59 PM
04-16-2016 03:51 AM
by Ron Hall
9 9,455
Laying down some stripes
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:55 PM
04-14-2016 11:55 PM
by Steve
3 324
Find out what business...
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:58 PM
04-13-2016 12:32 PM
by MATTNAPIER89
2 279
Hello my name is Matt
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:46 PM
04-13-2016 12:58 AM
by Steve
1 227
How to drop some...
nickeckes
04-11-2016 01:07 AM
04-12-2016 05:22 PM
by Steve
4 308
Trash Receptacle for a...
tannerduncan
04-12-2016 05:02 PM
04-12-2016 05:19 PM
by Steve
1 209
Small Project Lawn
tannerduncan
03-31-2016 08:21 PM
04-12-2016 05:16 PM
by Steve
7 9,337
Please Help! Bidding...
Dorali
02-15-2016 12:02 PM
04-06-2016 01:08 AM
by Steve
36 13,024
Hello
pbcleff
04-05-2016 07:45 PM
04-06-2016 12:35 AM
by Steve
1 399
Hello
llewelwa
03-18-2016 12:47 AM
04-05-2016 12:14 AM
by Steve
3 9,330
Poop and Scooping
llewelwa
04-01-2016 05:48 PM
04-05-2016 12:08 AM
by Steve
1 9,112
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
04-04-2016 05:33 PM
by WarriorLandscapingCAN
2 9,275
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:39 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:39 PM.

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