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Old 07-31-2012, 04:49 PM
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How could 1 worker handle 100 clients, that's 14 a day 7 days a week
Weekly mowing cycles are rare here. In Spring to Autumn, most clients will be on bi-weeklys, in winter monthly. We generally pick up alot of fruit tree pruning over winter to fill the gaps, as well as cleanups and laying mulch.
Winter is also when the weeds seem to burst into life, so its not hard to sell weed control either.
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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.
Don't let discouragement keep you from building this business...sometimes you have to take what you hear (especially from forums) with a grain of salt. If a guy had a bad day, he's likely to post negative stuff. Take the good and spit out the bad. I'm not saying don't listen to people, but, generally speaking, people are more negative than positive.

But again dude...don't let others negativity bring you down. Some of the best businesses in the world were started in depressions or recessions. Just find a way to bring awesome service to your customers at affordable prices.
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Don't let discouragement keep you from building this business...sometimes you have to take what you hear (especially from forums) with a grain of salt. If a guy had a bad day, he's likely to post negative stuff. Take the good and spit out the bad. I'm not saying don't listen to people, but, generally speaking, people are more negative than positive.

But again dude...don't let others negativity bring you down. Some of the best businesses in the world were started in depressions or recessions. Just find a way to bring awesome service to your customers at affordable prices.
Thank you, I really needed a bit of encouragement.
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Thank you, I really needed a bit of encouragement.
No problem buddy!
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No problem buddy!
I really appreciate the advice.

I was so discouraged today I thought about packing it up, but then I got a call to go mow someones grass for the third time, I think I may have just picked up a weekly customer.
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Don't let discouragement keep you from building this business...sometimes you have to take what you hear (especially from forums) with a grain of salt. If a guy had a bad day, he's likely to post negative stuff. Take the good and spit out the bad. I'm not saying don't listen to people, but, generally speaking, people are more negative than positive.

But again dude...don't let others negativity bring you down. Some of the best businesses in the world were started in depressions or recessions. Just find a way to bring awesome service to your customers at affordable prices.
I like your comment. I started out a little over two years ago and found some on this forum to be very mean. My buiness has blown out the roof and I love what I do. Many of you here on the forum have given me great advice. I started out with a handfull of accounts, now I have close to 100. About 35% are commercial accounts. Hang in there and keep going you will make it.
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What you can potentially earn per day will likely vary by area. Even within one area, there are sections that pay and those that don't.

I'm in "Pittsburgh", but that means squat in terms of what people pay "here" - it varies. In my neighborhood, you'd be lucky to get $30/$35 for a cut, but 2 miles away you can get $40/$45 without much problem for a similarly sized lawn and lawns that are larger fetch even more.

If I wanted to travel 10 miles, or more from home to an area that has more disposable income, I could earn more - I'd also need much bigger equipment, as the lawn sizes there require it. In time I may do so, and I have taken on two clients in that area to "test the waters".


I wouldn't think anyone who is established would have difficulty making $300 a day. I do that on a good day, but I still have holes in my schedule, so the other days aren't as high. Ironically, the day I make the most is the day I mow my lowest priced lawns. I have 7 of them on one street and the rest are nearby, making it possible to crank out more volume in a short amount of time.

Location is a big factor in my opinion. I see a lot of people posting asking about "finding" clients, but I barely need to advertise and clients are finding ME.
The population here HAS to be a factor.
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I was so discouraged today I thought about packing it up, but then I got a call to go mow someones grass for the third time, I think I may have just picked up a weekly customer.
Sounds good man...
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I like your comment. I started out a little over two years ago and found some on this forum to be very mean. My buiness has blown out the roof and I love what I do. Many of you here on the forum have given me great advice. I started out with a handfull of accounts, now I have close to 100. About 35% are commercial accounts. Hang in there and keep going you will make it.
Thanks Shark, glad to know you're business is going strong! Keep it up buddy.
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What you can potentially earn per day will likely vary by area. Even within one area, there are sections that pay and those that don't.

I'm in "Pittsburgh", but that means squat in terms of what people pay "here" - it varies. In my neighborhood, you'd be lucky to get $30/$35 for a cut, but 2 miles away you can get $40/$45 without much problem for a similarly sized lawn and lawns that are larger fetch even more.

If I wanted to travel 10 miles, or more from home to an area that has more disposable income, I could earn more - I'd also need much bigger equipment, as the lawn sizes there require it. In time I may do so, and I have taken on two clients in that area to "test the waters".


I wouldn't think anyone who is established would have difficulty making $300 a day. I do that on a good day, but I still have holes in my schedule, so the other days aren't as high. Ironically, the day I make the most is the day I mow my lowest priced lawns. I have 7 of them on one street and the rest are nearby, making it possible to crank out more volume in a short amount of time.

Location is a big factor in my opinion. I see a lot of people posting asking about "finding" clients, but I barely need to advertise and clients are finding ME.
The population here HAS to be a factor.
Yeah, its all about location, I actually live in between Carlisle and Gettysburg, I'm sure you know where gettysburg is, they are both pretty populated cites, and I know for fact there are some major companies around here making major bank. The way I see it i'm in a pretty prime location, just need to get my name out there.
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