07-30-2008, 12:01 PM
I am attempting to start a lawn service company. I curently have 5 customers. 4 only want their yards done 2x a month, while the other is weekly right now(summer). I live in Marietta, GA and I am only charging approximately $35 per service. The yard sizes range from less than 1/4acre to just over 1/2 acre. I think I am way under where I need to be. I don't have a business license yet, but I will be applying for it almost immediately. Also, I dont have insurance yet, but I will also be getting this almost imediately. I am in the process of landing a comercial account at my mother's job for $585mo. I dont want to buy thing out of pocket b/c I dont know how large or how quickly the company will grow. I already have a full-time job so I dont need the money; I'm just hungry for it. Can I get some suggestions on prices. I am thinging about weekly, every 10day, and twice monthly services. Please feel free to destroy my idea and give me a better one. Also, I am getting calls regarding brush clearing, hedging ect. So I just bought a KM-90 power stick with str8 edger and articulating hedge trimmer. I am using a comercial honda mower. How do you guys price hedge trimming? per time charge or built into the bill over time? I am new to the business, and I certainly dont want to hurt the industry by lowballing prices, but at the same time I do want to be cheaper b/c I am less experienced. Any input would be nice but specifically regarding pricing, billing, and extra services like hedging and how to bill for them with current customers. If anybody has a guide feel free to e-mail me.