Is it really worth the hard work? How much can you make?

Are you considering starting your own lawn care business but aren’t sure if it’s worth all the hard work? That is what one new entrepreneur was interested in knowing on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum when he asked “I am wondering how many accounts can you solo guys average per week? What can one person realistically do in an 8 hr workday? Also after fuel, equipment, loans etc… is it really worth the hard work?

Lawn care worker

Lawn care worker

Now for those that have a crew, same questions. Is it worth the headache of having a crew? To me it seems that after you pay their salaries, extras, buy more equipment you are not making that much more than if you stayed solo. Am I way off?”

Another lawn care business owner responded “I do lawn maintenance solo for now, for other projects I hire a crew. The answer to your question is that it all depends on what time you start & want to finish. If you’re just starting new customers or have been working their property for a while.

The first week, all my customers had a mess of grass so the day lasted pretty long. Once the first cut was done, personally I like to start my first lawn at 8am, & finish the day before 2pm. With driving around, my route is pretty tight. I can manage about 10 lawns & still have time to relax & have the rest of the afternoon/evening off.

Time: 6 hours
Lawns Cut: 10
Income: $30.00 per cut multiplied by 10 cuts = $300 per day

$300 per day x 5 days = $1,500 a week

$1,500 a week x 4 weeks = $6,000 a month

$6,000 a month x by 6 months (season) = $36,000.00 per season.

Your math may differ. It all comes down to how much you charge to mow your lawns, how many mowings you will do per season and what your overhead costs are. You can get a better idea of what your overhead costs are with the online lawn care estimate calculator.

Time: 6 hours
Lawns Cut: 20+
Income: $30.00 per cut multiplied by 20 cuts = $600 per day

$600 per day x 5 days = $3,000 a week

$3,000 a week x 4 weeks = $12,000 a month

$12,000 a month x by 6 months (season) = $72,000.00 per season.
My goal is to have 150 clients & hire help.¬† We’d have to do 30 lawns a day 5 days a week. 9 hours a day.

When you get started you are better off building your business as a solo operation at first. Make sure you have some sort of back up plan in case you get injured or go on vacation. Have someone who can step in and cover your accounts. As you grow and offer other services such as cleanups you can hire a helper.”

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