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This is my first year in bus. march 08. I have grossed $25k just wondering if this is good or bad or avg. for the first 9 months. I've avg about 20 clients. Anthony
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Hi Anthony,

Welcome to our forum! What got you interested in starting your own lawn care business?

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I have grossed $25k just wondering if this is good or bad or avg. for the first 9 months. I've avg about 20 clients.
The gross probably isn't as important as the net income. Because you could potentially make a $25k gross income and spend $30k getting there.

Have you calculated your net income from the $25k gross? Have you figured out what your biggest expenditures were?
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This is my first year in bus. march 08. I have grossed $25k just wondering if this is good or bad or avg. for the first 9 months. I've avg about 20 clients. Anthony
Well it all really depends...what type of services did you offer? What is your productivity and charge out rates? Have you been creating profit and loss statements? You make me nervous that you are asking at the end of the season if you did good or not. You should be following month to month that way you can change things if numbers don't add up.
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I had a background In Cemetery maint. but just had a prob working for other people.

I don;'t really know my P/L but the bus is self sustaining, VERY little debt.
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I had a background In Cemetery maint. but just had a prob working for other people.

I don;'t really know my P/L but the bus is self sustaining, VERY little debt.
You sound like an entrepreneur for sure.

It is a good idea to know your numbers and see exactly what your P&L was that way you can tweak your business.

How did you attract your clients this past year?
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um let's see...
Joined a trade group.
-flyers, ads in a coupon book.
- yard signs
- networking, shameless self-promotion!
- more flyers
- a radio spot-
- bus cards
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good job on the marketing. What worked for you? What would you not try again?
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Business cards in local businesses is good. esp. pizza shops/ restraunts.
also, yard signs seem to do great, but I loose most of the signs.


flyers seem to do really bad , like 900 to 2 return, but they are cheap.
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I have a job to put in a new mulch bed. Do I need to remove the sod or can I just put down weed barrier over the grass? Any ideas, I don't have big equipmt to remove sod.
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What is your average lawn and our the weekly. I have 20 clients and I only made 10,000!
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