Down here in Florida, there is only one thing you can always count on when running a lawn care business: Rainy season is awful!
- Customers calling and complaining, no matter how hard you work or how many hours you put in!
- Always behind, no matter how hard you work and how many hours you put in!
- Lawns too wet to cut, customers complain because you didn’t cut
- Lawns too wet to cut, customers complain because you did cut
- Help complains because it’s too wet to work
- Help complains because you didn’t work many hours due to the rain
- Family complains because you are working sun up to sun down, 8 days a week
- Trimmers won’t start because they got wet
- Grass won’t blow because it’s too wet
I know there’s about a million more, but this is just to get a point across!
Keep your schedule manageable!
Leave yourself one or two buffer days. In other words, only build the route up to about 3 days a week.
That way, when things go wrong, as they always do, you still have a couple days to catch up, plus a day to do trim jobs, extras, whatever.
It may be hard to believe, but you will find something to generate revenue on the extra days, and many times you will need those days just to get your lawns serviced.
If you get to do extras instead, hopefully it will be on better profit margin work, so that you actually come out ahead.
I had a hard time adjusting to this mindset because I liked knowing I had a couple hundred clients sending me checks every month.
What I had a problem wrapping my head around was the fact that most of that money was burnt up in expenses before I ever got it!
In the south, there’s always something needs to be trimmed during summer. I can’t speak for up north, but I would guess it’s the same way.