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 profit?


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-30-2012, 07:55 AM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 3
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default How much profit?

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)
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care
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 07-30-2012, 05:00 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
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?
__________________
- 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 07-30-2012, 05:08 PM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-30-2012, 05:22 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-30-2012, 05:26 PM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnBoy0311 View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-30-2012, 05:43 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 3
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-30-2012, 07:26 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 3
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-30-2012, 10:26 PM
wat5150 wat5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 604
Rep Power: 0
wat5150 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xandrew245x View Post
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.
It seems not much. You have much to learn. I would suggest doing as much research as you can. This forum can only answer so much. This forum cant take the place of real life experience.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-30-2012, 10:27 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xandrew245x View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-30-2012, 10:32 PM
wat5150 wat5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 604
Rep Power: 0
wat5150 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
Sounds good, when you find out how to make $300 everyday, let the rest of us know.
LOL!!! Indeed. Jesus kid you need to get real.
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
What is your profit margin? FourSeasons General Talk 32 11-26-2012 12:50 PM
Concern About Profit aduttonater Starting a lawn care business. 10 01-19-2011 02:03 AM
Company Profit adamsmowing88 Starting a lawn care business. 12 03-12-2010 09:47 PM
$150 profit per day for 60 days lawn mowering Community Assistance 9 03-06-2010 01:15 PM
How to turn my low profit business around mowboy General Business Discussions 3 05-10-2009 08:22 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
Today 07:22 AM
by winkie61
7 553
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Today 12:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
41 1,297
Opinions on truck wrap
Truro
Yesterday 04:21 PM
Yesterday 11:03 PM
by SC93
3 94
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
Yesterday 08:48 AM
by jrs.landscaping
11 552
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
Yesterday 08:46 AM
by jrs.landscaping
23 501
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
02-27-2015 08:54 PM
by Bradcook21
5 196
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
02-27-2015 01:07 PM
02-27-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
2 65
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
02-27-2015 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,812
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,738
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 513
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
02-26-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
2 279
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 114
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 109
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
02-26-2015 02:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 721
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 120
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 461
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,800
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 238
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 232
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,825
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 660
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 636
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 275
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 276
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 233
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 257
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 257
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 419
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 533
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 287
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 619
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 507
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
02-19-2015 04:43 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
29 2,665
Thumbs up or down?
lawnman1959
02-18-2015 11:40 AM
02-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Chilehead
3 421
Am I growing too fast?
Mattcrump
08-04-2011 11:54 PM
02-19-2015 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 5,212
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
02-19-2015 12:31 PM
by Steve
1,215 372,078
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
02-19-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
3 529
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
02-19-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
16 1,477
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
01-31-2015 10:58 PM
02-18-2015 01:32 PM
by Steve
5 1,117
Taking a step back
Billy Goat
02-16-2015 07:37 AM
02-18-2015 01:17 PM
by Chilehead
9 599
Employees
stevej
02-17-2015 05:25 PM
02-18-2015 12:47 PM
by Mr. Mow
1 410
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
02-17-2015 07:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,023
Cannot access your Itune...
winkie61
02-17-2015 10:00 AM
02-17-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 362
Advertising on internet...
Sprinkler Buddy
02-13-2015 01:22 PM
02-17-2015 01:00 PM
by Steve
9 684
new to this forum
NIP'N'TUK
02-14-2015 07:54 PM
02-16-2015 10:03 PM
by Steve
2 497
Advice on bidding 20...
sleepydunn
02-15-2015 07:38 PM
02-16-2015 09:59 PM
by Steve
4 620
New to me mower
xandrew245x
04-27-2014 08:02 PM
02-16-2015 09:48 PM
by Steve
8 1,404
mower blades
tlf59263
02-09-2015 12:36 PM
02-16-2015 05:16 PM
by Just for Cuts
8 830
Just Quit?
ringahding1
01-30-2015 06:23 AM
02-16-2015 02:16 PM
by joshlawncare
18 1,523
Advice on Bidding...
veteranlawnservice
02-08-2015 09:21 PM
02-16-2015 12:14 PM
by joshlawncare
18 1,240
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bush commercial contract help deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman four wheel drive google gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower patio install per hour service podcast scag v-ride search engine optimization secrets to landscaping seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:15 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:15 AM.

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