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Old 07-06-2006, 10:04 AM
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choices?

ok what are my choices on this topic.
im losing most of my clients in one area to a sp company with all new equipment. i charge weekly per cut. he charges flat $80 per month. they are jumping to him left and right. What should i do? just pull out of this area and move on or ?
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Old 07-06-2006, 10:35 AM
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Wait til he goes out of business...take all your clients back...and charge em 10 dollars more than before.
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:55 AM
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It all depends on how he is billing. For 8 months or 12? I too am thinking of going to a monthly rate next year. for a 12 month cycle.
say he is doing yearly contract, 80x12=960 now if he gives them 32 cuts per year, that's 30.00 per cut.
What is the Avg per cut in your area? Here it is 35.00 per cut.
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Old 07-06-2006, 07:23 PM
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i charge $25 for about 5,500sf
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:30 PM
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Sign them up monthly. This is a normal business practice and you should be able to follow suit. Good Luck!!
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:42 PM
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Weekly billing is for kids and weekend warriors, it has no place in a fulltime LCO's business
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:54 PM
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I tend to gear up to the larger properties, so I am not really familiar with the
6K yards, but I have a minimum of $45 up to the first acre, then $25 per acre after that, unless there are lots of obstacles, curbs to be trimmed etc. I really try hard, and most of my clients go along with it to try to get them on an equal monthly payment system. Here is what I do.

1. 7 day mow properties - I figure 26 mowings per yr. then divide it by 7 monthy payments due May 15 thru Nov 15. (We start mowing in early April and stop end of Oct - Sometimes a mowing or two in Nov.)
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