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Old 05-01-2013, 01:30 PM
MDLawn MDLawn is offline
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Originally Posted by Mowin4Dollas View Post
I simply just can't charge 50 dollars an hour, I wish I could.
That mentality will get you no where. Yes you're young. You don't need to tell people your age. Sell your service, not your price... If you decide not to you will become the "cheap priced lawn guy who does good work". Good luck getting out of that name.


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I get people griping about 30, they don't understand running a business, so I understand and tell them that is not what I take home.
People will gripe all the time. Some just say "Well I paid this amount in the past". They are either buying solely on price or trying to beat you up to get a low price. Sell your service, not your price... If they don't want to pay for service, just walk away. People will say "No". Either sell harder or get over it and move on to the next one. Oh yea, like others have said no one needs to know your hourly rate. You're not doing Time & Materials, you're quoting a price to get the job done. Quote a low price, because you think you can't quote more, and enjoy eating your shirt. Been there done that.


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I hope to be able to charge 50 to 60 an hour as soon as I am a legit business..
What are you now? I know at 17 you can't legally do too much, but you can still do a lot to be legit.


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I am simply getting my foot in the door, my prices will go up gradually.
If you become the "Oh hey I use this guy and he's really cheap and does a great job" You're doomed to low prices. Doing great work at cheap prices leaves you in that troubled predicament.



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I think I'll be able to bargain with them.
Never, ever, never do this, never. Becoming the bargaining lawn guy and that is what you will be known as, the bargain lawn guy. If you know why you charge what you do (cost to do business and profit) you do not need to bargain.

Again people will tell you

"No"
"You're too expensive"
"I paid the last guys this"
"I'll pay that if you can include this extra stuff"
ETC.....

Fall for those and you're doomed. Don't take the word "No" personally, as many do. I did when I was starting out. Now I realize the phone will ring and another opportunity will present itself. I'd rather know that I couldn't do a business because I can't make money at it rather than do it cheaper just to be able to be in business.
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