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Old 05-07-2014, 09:59 AM
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work faster, call around for a cheaper price on the mulch
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:03 AM
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work faster, call around for a cheaper price on the mulch
There is only one company who sells mulch in my town.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:22 AM
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It is a spring clean up and mulch job and I will be making 6.90 a hour. The people in my crew and I are in high school and we need the money. But I also don't want to insult her by raising the price what should we do?
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OK, I laughed when I read that.


Life doesn't get any easier, or less expensive as you get older. If you only lose $60 you aren't going to lose anything but a few measly dollars in the grand scheme of things, but you will gain respect and knowledge.
Learn from it and move on.

And it's probably going to happen again.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:00 AM
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Get a written referral that you can use later on, on a website, for future customers...it will only cost you $60
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:09 PM
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You have to be a man of your word if you are going to make it in this industry. If you say you will do something- do it. Bid the next one higher.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:07 PM
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If I interpreted this correctly, you have at least three people in on this, including yourself, and you're all sharing the profits equally. If that's the case... You're each poised to make the same profit as planned, you just have to work a little longer than expected... And upsetting the customer with your $60 increase would put only 20 additional bucks in each of your pockets? Just pretend you made the extra money and then spent it on a steak dinner last night.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:41 PM
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You have to be a man of your word if you are going to make it in this industry. If you say you will do something- do it. Bid the next one higher.
Exactly. There is not a professional on this site that has not done this. Learn from your mistake. I once did a job starting out and lost several hundred. But I stuck to my word. At least your making 6.90. Learn how t estimate. Do not be afraid of quoting a high price or getting told no
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:56 PM
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We ended up sticking to our estimate and we used less mulch then expected. She gave us a $30 tip so in the end it turned out fine thanks for all your advice!!!
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:41 PM
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Learn from your underbid and remember this :

The sweet price of a low bid is soon forgotten after the bitterness of poor quality remains.

Glad you manned up and finished the job!!!
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:59 AM
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holy crud batman....6.90 per hour? You way...and i mean way...underbid that job. When i bid jobs, my price is based on me making $40 per hour. So when i make a mistake it takes me down, but never below $30. Do yourself and the rest of us a favor and raise ur prices.
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