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Old 10-04-2010, 10:48 AM
dabears8430 dabears8430 is offline
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looking for some start up advice

i have about 25 residential houses in my neighborhood this year. i got no overhead besides (gas, insurance,phone bill, advertisment costs) therefore when other compaines are askin $20-$25 per house i can go $15 and still get done within half hour.

Next year, I'm getting an open trailer and looking to get either a 40"ztr or 36" wb. i got larger properties where i would benefit from the ztr. this ztr is made specifically to go through 42" inch gates and it costs about $2000 more than the wb. which would be more practical?

I am also predicting to hand out about 1000+ flyers in surrounding neighborhoods. with my "low ball" of a price is it practical to estimate getting atleast 200 houses a week?

(200x$15=$3000a week before expenses)


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Old 10-05-2010, 01:07 PM
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That price is too cheap, don't waste your time charging that.
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:08 PM
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I'm guessing that you need to do a little more math. Start with 200 lawns x 20 minutes and tell me what that ads up to. Then figure some drive time. I think you're going to be busy.

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Old 10-11-2010, 08:22 PM
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keep low balling and pretty soon you can be paying people to mow their lawns.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:38 PM
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I'd go for 400 and charge 12.99 per . Should have that $6000 Z payed off in no time.
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:38 PM
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i have about 25 residential houses in my neighborhood this year. i got no overhead besides (gas, insurance,phone bill, advertisment costs) therefore when other compaines are askin $20-$25 per house i can go $15 and still get done within half hour.

Next year, I'm getting an open trailer and looking to get either a 40"ztr or 36" wb. i got larger properties where i would benefit from the ztr. this ztr is made specifically to go through 42" inch gates and it costs about $2000 more than the wb. which would be more practical?

I am also predicting to hand out about 1000+ flyers in surrounding neighborhoods. with my "low ball" of a price is it practical to estimate getting atleast 200 houses a week?

(200x$15=$3000a week before expenses)


thanks

Please don't do that. You will be bringing down the industry. Someone else will come behind you and say

"i got no overhead besides (gas, insurance,phone bill, advertisment costs) therefore when other compaines are askin $15-20 per house i can go $10 and still get done within half hour."

The vicious cycle continues...
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Old 10-14-2010, 03:44 PM
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I'd go for 400 and charge 12.99 per . Should have that $6000 Z payed off in no time.
We have a winner!

In all seriousness, your min should be no less than $30, $25 MAYBE just becuase their in your neighborhood with close to no travel time.
And good luck with 200 yards a week by yourself, that overkill. Thats 33 yards a day on a 6 day week, which equals out to abour 18 min per yard in a 10 hour day. And thats with no travel time, no gas time, no lunch, and no breathing time.

Not trying to bash, but you do have to be somewhat realistic when crunching numbers.

Now you can prob get 12-15 yards done in a day, depending on size. And if your charging a min of $30 a yard, thats roughly $400 a day, which can be $2400 on a 6 day week, before expenses.

Last thing, you say you already have 25 clients, but are looking to get another 175 out of 1000 flyers? It won't happen. The best return rate you can expect would probably be around 2%, which out of 1000 flyers you would hope to get 20 clients.

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Please don't do that. You will be bringing down the industry. Someone else will come behind you and say

"i got no overhead besides (gas, insurance,phone bill, advertisment costs) therefore when other compaines are askin $15-20 per house i can go $10 and still get done within half hour."

The vicious cycle continues...
If only gas stations were like this..

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