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Old 04-18-2014, 08:37 AM
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Wow... that's tiny. I'd use scissors and charge by the minute, hahaha. It would literally take longer to get the mower off the truck and start it than to mow it.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:37 AM
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By doing all that free work he increased his costs for doing that mow.

Better to up sell seeding. Grass or weeds. They grow every week.
Increase it by what. $15 per year?
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:41 AM
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Wow... that's tiny. I'd use scissors and charge by the minute, hahaha. It would literally take longer to get the mower off the truck and start it than to mow it.
Small lawns is where the money is at. 6 of those an hour. 25 each.

600 a month. 1hr a week
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:21 AM
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If you can get the smaller ones in bunches then yea it is great. I like the mid ranged lawns, not too big, not too small....just right as goldilocks would say. Wide open. Tingly.
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:39 AM
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Small lawns is where the money is at. 6 of those an hour. 25 each.

600 a month. 1hr a week
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birdseed you sound like you got everything pretty well figured out. have you picked up those 15 more yards you need? you sound very seasoned
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:07 PM
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Small lawns is where the money is at. 6 of those an hour. 25 each.

600 a month. 1hr a week
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We've got a few developments between 4 to 6 in a row clumps. They are nice...
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:21 PM
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Increase it by what. $15 per year?
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Reseeding a 1/4 acre lawn goes for more then $15.

I can not buy enough seed for a 1/4 acre property for $15.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:27 PM
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I guess what I'm asking is what do you "say" to these people? Overbidding doesn't help if it's not a lawn you WANT, or CAN cut.


I went to look at a property today (and have done the same several times in the last week) and it turned out to be a crap property that I simply don't want to be associated with. My name is on the back of my truck and I'm not interested in being associated with sub-par work. There's only so much you can do with a "weed-yard" and a gravel drive that is more green than gravel.
The yard would need to be push mowed and I'm limiting myself to lawns that can be cut with my walk behind, OR small, but nice lawns that people are willing to PAY WELL to have cut weekly. This lawn was neither. It was obvious that they needed a crack addict who would do it for $20.

I can't exactly say "Your lawn is sh!t and I don't want it."




Its very very simple, and DOES NOT require over thinking.

Tell them that after looking at their yard it does not appear to be a fit with your business's abilities. I'm sorry we can't do business.
Thats it.


Sure it might cost you a recommendation down the road, but seriously birds of a feather do flock together.
Do you really want them recommending you to one of their crap yard owning friends???

I google image and/or satellite view nearly every new property I get called on before going to do a site visit.
I've got a good idea of what I'm getting into before arrival.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:35 PM
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:45 PM
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I've got a good friend that will go on for paragraphs as to why he can't do this or that or for why he is dropping a customer.

DO NOT waste the time over thinking it.
Either tell them in very brief terms that you are unable to take on or unable to continue to service their property. Or send them a brief note.
Preferably give them as much notice as you can, but circumstances can be such where you tell them that this is my last visit to your property, have a nice life.

Do not waste the mental energy and the time it takes to over think some of these things.
Building your business can far more profitably use that time and energy spent.
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