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Hey guys, i'm in the first couple months of my lawn care business and I currently work a full time job. I do eventually want to this full time once business picks up, what i'm wondering is about how much money could I possibly bring home a month?

I will just be a one person outfit, probably handling 40-45 clients at max, I will do fall and spring cleanups and mulching and I also want to include snow removal in the winter.

Also how do you guys deal with the drought? I don't think I have to worry about that to much in Pennsylvania for we had a dry spell and I still saw lawn care companies out every week. But regardless, if a drought did happen, how do you deal with it?

I just want to get an idea of what i'm going to be dealing with if I decide to do this full time, I know its completely different then having a full time job with a steady income. I only make roughly $2200 monthly and wife makes about $1500, so if I could make $2200 or more profit a month, then thats awesome with me.(have bills to pay)
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I will just be a one person outfit, probably handling 40-45 clients at max
Have you figured out yet what kind of profit you are making on the customers you are servicing now? If you scaled up that number, how would it compare with your desired income level?
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Stick with your full time job and build it slow. I'm doing this now and loving it. I'm off on my own working for myself in the afternoons, and have a steady income with my full time job. When you get too many clients, get a helper. Then when you still have a lot to do, think about going full time and evaluate then if you can. I think its a HUGE risk to take now adays with the bad economy and people still worried about money.
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to make $2200 a month you would need to make around $3500. Now making that in one month isnt that hard but to average it over the year. Good luck with that.
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Stick with your full time job and build it slow. I'm doing this now and loving it. I'm off on my own working for myself in the afternoons, and have a steady income with my full time job. When you get too many clients, get a helper. Then when you still have a lot to do, think about going full time and evaluate then if you can. I think its a HUGE risk to take now adays with the bad economy and people still worried about money.
and we are on the verge of the economy going further in the dumper which only means the risk will be higher.
going head first in any kind of business in this enviroment is a major risk and i would agree with you that if you have steady income coming in to not jepordize it for the short term gain.

business is a funny and decieving thing where some folks get a taste of making a few bucks on their own and they think it can only get better and then winter time comes and you get a cold hard slap of reality.
we all like to get into snow removal in the winter as our saving grace and when it does not snow enough or at all it makes a bad situation worse.
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Well, this is slightly discouraging. The nice thing is I can still work full time in the winter, and have the majority of the summer off. I think I'm going to finish out this year and see how it goes, it might not be worth spending more money on.
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Well if I made $300 a day, thats about 8 $40 jobs, $40 jobs only take me 30-40 minutes. $300 a day for the mowing seasons is a gross for 50k, just for mowing. Thats more than I make in a year now. Then I either have the rest of the season to take off, or I can do fall cleanups, then snow removal in the winter, spring clean ups, mulching and then the start of the mowing season again, it seems like a pretty good money maker to me, but what do I know.
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Well if I made $300 a day, thats about 8 $40 jobs, $40 jobs only take me 30-40 minutes. $300 a day for the mowing seasons is a gross for 50k, just for mowing. Thats more than I make in a year now. Then I either have the rest of the season to take off, or I can do fall cleanups, then snow removal in the winter, spring clean ups, mulching and then the start of the mowing season again, it seems like a pretty good money maker to me, but what do I know.
Sounds good, when you find out how to make $300 everyday, let the rest of us know.
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These are the results of a poll that was done here. Notice only 2 out of the 5 are still active members. 90% of lawn care businesses fail in the 1st year.
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0-25,000 15 78.95%
25,000- 50,000 2 10.53%
50,000 - 75,000 1 5.26%
75,000 - 100,000 0 0%
100,000 + 1
http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=12913


Maybe some of the guys that joined since can vote in the poll to make it more up to date.
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LOL!!! Indeed. Jesus kid you need to get real.
We are lucky in that regard over here. We don't get snow in any of the capital citys, and its not too hard to target and get $4-500 a day all year round.(not rainy days of course)
I have talked to a few guys that survived our 14 year drought, and they just put on an extra 60 or so clients and got through.
I cant see that having 45 clients to be enough. I need around 100 per worker (averaging $50 jobs)
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