Originally Posted by 32vld
I know a guy that charges less to get work. Been at it for 12 years. He is afraid to raise his mow rate of $25 week on his long term customers.
He just bought a new mower. A 36" Toro WB. His daughter had to co sign. He is not interested in joining the debate on open vs closed trailer because he does not use one. The 36" fits in the back of his 15 yo PU bed. The truck looks 30 yo.
Last week I was talking with a woman at my pt evening job. Cop has a pt mow route. She asked me how much I would charge for her property.
I said about $60. She said the cop charges her $35. Then said the cop adds a $10 fuel charge. So I said now that lawn is a $45 job.
Then I pointed out he is using his $110,000 a year job without OT subsidizes his landscape business. He needs a new truck he just pays for that out of his cop salary. That if he did the math and kept his business income and expenses separate from his personal income and expenses he would realize that he probably is not even making $25 hr as a LCO. I finished with that I can't compete with his prices because I don't have a job that pays his salary.
Yet if he wanted to earn extra money he could work OT at $80 hr as a cop.
First guy is just plain wasting his time. But I'm gonna take a stab at your cop guy. First I know A LOT of police officers and their salaries are public record. Not one makes over $105,000 without overtime and those are not just PO's ridin around in cars. Most never touch 6 figures. Those that do are supervisors or at the top of their careers. And those that make these salaries do not have second jobs. I do have a few buddies doing lawn and tree work and they are in the $50-$70k range. I think there is an ex cop on lawnsite and he left the cop job making around $45-50k, so I think $100k is a little far fetched. I almost became a NYS Trooper and starting pay was $70k, but they're the highest paid force in the nation. Second all his expenses such as a shop, mortgage, food, etc are all paid by his salary in this firsr place. So maybe you make $50/hr but lose $25/hr to those expenses so you both are "making" the $25/hr you speak of??? That's the advantage he may have against you and probably does just as good quality. Sucks? Yes but if it's all the same in the end could you just be bitter? Also not everyone wants to work their job more for overtime. Maybe he likes doing lawns? A lot of my buddies with these jobs have unreal equipment too. Top of the line mowers, new trailers, skid steers, tractors, etc....maybe they're more efficient because of that? Maybe having that job allows them to dabble in this industry. I think that just strikes envy in most people. Should he charge more? Sure. Does he need to? Unfortunately probably not.
Listen this isn't a shot at you. But it's just like the rich kid whose parents buy him a brand new dump truck and equipment. He has a competitive advantage. Plus mowing is just filled with all sorts. If quality is on par it's hard to argue a higher price.
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