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Old 07-17-2013, 04:43 AM
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Some questions

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Yeah I seriously cut lawns at my park for $7.50. Bear in mind that the norm for my area is $10 per lot. My insurance is kept low in that it also covers the other side of my business which is powerwashing and is also lowered because it is through the same company as my other insurance. My equipment was purchased used with low hours over the winter. I seriously have only been doing this for 2 months and for the first part had 2 accounts. I'm just trying to learn the ropes same as everyone else when they started. I'm learning the pricing game, but just because I find I can get more doesn't mean I can raise my customers prices right now, but new bids will be at a higher rate for sure.
What equipment do you use?
You say you cut @ 10 acres +/- in two weeks and only use 2 gallons of gas. Wow

I assume you mow only,correct?

Given your price structure you earn @ $150 for the 20 cuts and it takes you less than four hours, is that correct?

All I can say is more power to you if it works for you. No judgement here.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:48 PM
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What equipment do you use?
You say you cut @ 10 acres +/- in two weeks and only use 2 gallons of gas. Wow

I assume you mow only,correct?

Given your price structure you earn @ $150 for the 20 cuts and it takes you less than four hours, is that correct?

All I can say is more power to you if it works for you. No judgement here.
Damn! I want his overhead lol.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:55 PM
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Damn! I want his overhead lol.
Step 1. Move back to parents basement. Oh wait, that was lawnguys business model.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:26 PM
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I've used Google maps to get an idea of the yard while I have the new customer on the phone if I'm near a computer. But I still walk the property before I give a bid.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:14 AM
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I consult the ouija board and then have my preacher to pray it gave me the right quote. lol
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:30 PM
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I use Zillow to get an accurate area for most yards I do, though some are not yet registered on GIS, or other systems that give accurate survey measurements, and I can use it on my tablet. it gives measurements in square feet

http://www.zillow.com
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:53 PM
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I use Zillow to get an accurate area for most yards I do, though some are not yet registered on GIS, or other systems that give accurate survey measurements, and I can use it on my tablet. it gives measurements in square feet

http://www.zillow.com
Zillow uses old sat photos, my house is from 5 yrs ago approx, how much does your bid change when you see the job?
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:22 PM
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true, the photos are old, I use the information as far as square footage, and I expect changes. I am sometimes actually sitting in front of the house when I pull that information up, so I can adjust the real work level - hedge/edge/trim to the reality I am facing.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:35 AM
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5.00 isnt much of an upsell....you have to show your worth the extra 5.00 its not that hard...lic/ins good refs, professional uniforms, lettering on rig, nice website, and much more...your not the scrub for 35.00 you also do the little things like gutter cleaning, bring up trash cans if you see them by street, take the time to know your customers, play with their dog, if they come home with groceries stop and offer to help...it really goes a long long way when your building a good base.....after a while you step it down a bit but never stop....you are in the service business no different than a waitress or waiter your job is customer experience and satisfaction....word travels real fast in todays world great service is noticed and rewarded........good luck
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:26 PM
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I use Zillow to get an accurate area for most yards I do, though some are not yet registered on GIS, or other systems that give accurate survey measurements, and I can use it on my tablet. it gives measurements in square feet

http://www.zillow.com
I have found SF to be wrong as often as it is correct on zillow.
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