Originally Posted by davis45
Have a little more respect for yourself and your business. To be successful you need to know your price..give your price..dont negotiate your price, especially on these small jobs where you are not making a whole lot.
To me I would not just jump to the conclusion that to negotiate on a price after an intiial bid is the "wrong way" to run a business. Im not saying if the price starts out at say $100 and the customers says no that too much and then you say how about $75..... $50.... and so on. What Im sayin is that how about seeing if there are other options for the customer. Explain whats involved and what you going to do. They might only do one or two steps involved in trimming while you are bidding the job as doing a complete /professional job. Steps like pulling weeds in landscaping beds to make blowing out easier so clippings dont stick to the weeds. The customer may not know that you are going to do that which this reflects on the price. Maybe negotiate cut back on steps. Some may think that is a hack job,skipping steps. because they only do million dollar homes and this is unacceptable but some people only want the basics trim the bushes thats it. The mower will make the clippings disappear.
Maybe you can trim some bushes now and then come back later when you are cutting grass and trim the rest of the bushes that are better suited to be trimmed in the later part of fall. This may make the bill more manageable by splitting it up into two parts. Another option could be if they clean up and you trim only. I know this sounds unprofessional only doing half the job, but if the customer is concerned about it being a high price then this might get them to think about the work involved.
Negotiate by giving other opitions is fine in my book. Just because some said you should not lower your intial price does not mean that they lowballing and hurting youre industry