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    Del, this is a piece of string answer - really depends on the mix & size of customers, plus type of work being done.

    Some examples: for lawn care only it could be 150 to 400, for mowing only 50 to 150, for gardening only 20 to 60. These would be regulars ie every week/14d/monthly/quarterly, then you'd have people that you might see only a couple of times year or one offs.

    You're just starting out, so it's a blank sheet I guess. Start with what services you're offering and what you'd like as your typical customer.

    • I was just curious to see how many regulars one man businesses have approx, but yeah thinking about it its a silly question really lol. Im putting it down to too much alcohol over crimbo.
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        Some days you only need 1 client others 10 or more (this is based on me grass cutting!)
        Just keep getting them until you don’t want/need anymore!
  • I would advise you to think in terms of how much you need to earn per week and not in the number of jobs you require.

    If you think that you have to get x number of jobs you will end up in a lose/win situation, where you lose by doing the job at a low price and the customer wins because they are getting the job done at low cost.

    You should try to work out a win/win formula to offer potential customers so that you are getting paid a healthy price for the job which allows you to perform a good job for the customer.

    A win/lose situation would be where you are charging over the odds and not performing to the customers expectations.

    If you are unable to negotiate a win/win situation (where you expect to get your* price for supplying a service to the customers expectations), then the best alternative is "No Deal".

    * Your price should be based on what you want out of the job to suit your own desired income, and not based on what you hear other people are charging.


  • you will not get 8 one hour jobs don in a 8 hour day unless they are next door to one another and no one is at home, also there will be inclement weather and folk will nock you off for winter  

    I had about 30 regulars 2 of which were full days all year round then a few one offs  

  • Aim for turnover figure not customer number. We have two contracts at 16 hrs per week each, quite a number at 1 hour per week and lots in between.

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      Not that you do I ausume Colin, but not having all your eggs in one basket is a good idea, I know of a firm who lost £80k of work overnight( wasn’t quite like that but they were told that at year end non of the contracts they had were being renewed as they were taking all maintenance in house on January the 1st)
      Something to think about that’s all
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        You can take on as many customers as you like but coping with the workload is a different matter entirely , Someone summed it up on here once with the well chosen words '' take on customers who fit your criteria '' . 

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          That’s true, I was just cautioning about doing too much work for one client that’s all
      • Definitely not Richard. I have posted before on here, that I was told many years ago never to let one customer become over 25% of your turnover.  By keeping that in mind we expanded with the company who's Chairman gave me that advice. They expanded massively and we have had the maintenance contract for 30+ years.  That is where luck can come in I guess.

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