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Old 05-28-2009, 10:40 PM
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Minimum job?

Getting lots of phone calls for small jobs $250-$500. For me to go out and give an estimate on it and then schedule the time for my 2 man crew to go do the job, I cant make any money on these small jobs. I try and find out over the phone a little about the job from the customer to prequalify them, but how do I politely tell them their job sounds too small to come out and look at. I was thinking about a $500 minimum or something, but how to tell them politely?
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:27 PM
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Sort of why I do not understand giving estimates for fall clean ups since most fall in that area of prices. I do not think there is a real polite way to say no just come out and say it or don't say it and ignore the call. We get this one every winter can you give us a quote to replace some bush some one ran over who lost control of their car its going to be an insurance job. Yea ehehehe that sounds like fun.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:36 PM
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Works really well if you have someone else who does do smaller jobs that you can refer these clients to.

We usually say: "Sorry, our minimum is $xxx, but you might try Landscape XYZ. Thanks for your call." or what have you...
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:37 AM
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i love the $250 jobs. i can blow out 4-5 a day with 2 other guys. $1000 a day, minus $200 in payrole and say half in business expences, $400 a day, is $50/hr and $2000 a week, $8000 a month conservitively. not too shabby and those number are exageraged on the low side.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:19 PM
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i love the $250 jobs. i can blow out 4-5 a day with 2 other guys. $1000 a day, minus $200 in payrole and say half in business expences, $400 a day, is $50/hr and $2000 a week, $8000 a month conservitively. not too shabby and those number are exageraged on the low side.
That works out fine if you are still on the job working with your guys. I am not, I sell the jobs and forward everything to my foreman. Its too much legwork for small jobs like that.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:20 PM
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:56 PM
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He's saying it's not worth the time for the estimates. How can you knock out 4-5 a day and do the 20-25 estimates a week?
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:28 PM
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It sounds like you might be pricing too low?
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:24 PM
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It sounds like you might be pricing too low?
2 yards mulch edged and installed? $250
3 yards mulch edged and installted? $350

Is that too low?
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:54 PM
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We do the small jobs as well. We just charge a higher fee for each item. You never know when a small job may lead to a bigger one. We have one skilled guy that ussually does them by him self. 10 to 20 shrub jobs with mulch. HE GETS PAID BY THE JOB.
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