Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-15-2011, 08:27 AM
HHlandscaping HHlandscaping is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: West Trenton , NJ
Posts: 173
I tell people Im slow now and they want a price for a walk now

Just wanted some of your guys input. do you guys adjust your price when you

guys don't have to much work going on, or should I have the mentality of I can

sit on my couch and watch t.v if I am not going to make any money on it.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-15-2011, 08:40 AM
Gilmore.Landscaping's Avatar
Gilmore.Landscaping Gilmore.Landscaping is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 639
Yea, they think because your slow that you will do it for less just so you have work. I have gotten into the habit of always telling people I am busy.... this does a couple of things.....
1. Lets them know your not going to drop your price just to get work
2. Also seems like your selling alot of jobs meaning you do good work/have a good price
3. Gives me more time to put together a plan and estimate and I don't feel rushed.

Sometimes when after I meet with people they will call with " I know you said you were busy, but did you get a chance to quote our project", puts me in the power chair, which is always where you want to be.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-15-2011, 09:56 AM
Dr.NewEarth Dr.NewEarth is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Vancouver Canada
Posts: 1,406
I've gotten good at seperating the chaff from the wheat when they call us.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-15-2011, 06:22 PM
DVS Hardscaper's Avatar
DVS Hardscaper DVS Hardscaper is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: County Jail
Posts: 5,816
When the recession first hit I had many prospective clients say to me "how's business, SLOW?" And they would say that with a hopeful tone that I would say "yes". Maybe it's my paranoia, but I swear they were hoping our slowdown would give them a bargain.

I have never told people we're slow when we are slow. I think it's sends mixed signals.

And I do offer what I call "Winter Discounts". I make sure the prospective client is aware that the price offered is a winter discount and must be accepted by a certain date. And I make them aware of what the job would cost any other time.

A little money is better than no money.

,
__________________
"It's You vs. You"

"People Throw Rocks At Things That Shine"


My Equipment Brag List:

-1 CAT hat
-16 pairs of Hanes socks (the Heavy Duty model), many with holes.
-12 pairs of underwear, ranging from Joe Boxers to Jockey, many are in need of replacement. (no more photo requests please)
-hundreds of t-shirts. Some w/ grease stains, some torn & tattered.
-7 pairs of jeans, ranging from Levis to Polo to GAP. 1/2 of them have holes in 'em.
-1 belt
-1 pair of old worn out Nike shoes.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-15-2011, 09:48 PM
GreenI.A.'s Avatar
GreenI.A. GreenI.A. is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North East
Posts: 2,081
when somebody asks when we can do the work I usually tell them that we have a few real large jobs scheduled and I beleive we have enough time to squeeze them between a couple others if we can move our schedule around enough. Itt ells them you are busy but also lets them feel a little special like you are going to find special time just for them.
__________________
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-16-2011, 05:10 PM
HHlandscaping HHlandscaping is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: West Trenton , NJ
Posts: 173
Thanks for your input guys makes sense, not to tell people your slow my Graphics guy always says the same answer .. (were Steady) I guess so I think he isn't rich and that he has work.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-30-2011, 06:34 PM
steve5966's Avatar
steve5966 steve5966 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: omaha nebraska
Posts: 210
So when you guys that lie to the customer about being slow show up a couple days later to do the job, do you think that the customer thinks you dumped your schedule just for them?

If lowering your price is the only way you will get the job, then you know your costs and the point that it is not worth it.

For me, I have year round employees. If I can pay their wages and wear and tear on the equipment, then I will forgo any profit on the job. Even the wheelbarrow sitting at the shop costs me money.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-30-2011, 08:16 PM
DVS Hardscaper's Avatar
DVS Hardscaper DVS Hardscaper is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: County Jail
Posts: 5,816
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve5966 View Post
So when you guys that lie to the customer about being slow show up a couple days later to do the job, do you think that the customer thinks you dumped your schedule just for them?

If lowering your price is the only way you will get the job, then you know your costs and the point that it is not worth it.

For me, I have year round employees. If I can pay their wages and wear and tear on the equipment, then I will forgo any profit on the job. Even the wheelbarrow sitting at the shop costs me money.


I jus read through all the posts in this topic and I'm not seeing where plural "guys" stated / implied that they're "lying".


,
__________________
"It's You vs. You"

"People Throw Rocks At Things That Shine"


My Equipment Brag List:

-1 CAT hat
-16 pairs of Hanes socks (the Heavy Duty model), many with holes.
-12 pairs of underwear, ranging from Joe Boxers to Jockey, many are in need of replacement. (no more photo requests please)
-hundreds of t-shirts. Some w/ grease stains, some torn & tattered.
-7 pairs of jeans, ranging from Levis to Polo to GAP. 1/2 of them have holes in 'em.
-1 belt
-1 pair of old worn out Nike shoes.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-30-2011, 08:19 PM
MJK MJK is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 356
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve5966 View Post
So when you guys that lie to the customer about being slow show up a couple days later to do the job, do you think that the customer thinks you dumped your schedule just for them?

If lowering your price is the only way you will get the job, then you know your costs and the point that it is not worth it.

For me, I have year round employees. If I can pay their wages and wear and tear on the equipment, then I will forgo any profit on the job. Even the wheelbarrow sitting at the shop costs me money.

Most the large companies in my area are bidding this way. They are cheap because they just want to recover there overhead. The problem with that is it will come back to haunt them. They are only driving the prices down and making the industry less profitable.

It's almost a backwards way of low-balling that people complain about in my opinion.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-30-2011, 09:23 PM
GreenI.A.'s Avatar
GreenI.A. GreenI.A. is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North East
Posts: 2,081
Quote:
Originally Posted by MJK View Post
Most the large companies in my area are bidding this way. They are cheap because they just want to recover there overhead. The problem with that is it will come back to haunt them. They are only driving the prices down and making the industry less profitable.

It's almost a backwards way of low-balling that people complain about in my opinion.
Thats my thought to. My fear would be that if I lower my price to get a job when I am slow then that is probably going to end up being the customer who ends up referring me a 1/2 dozen jobs. Now I'm stuck giving a price to people and haveing them say something like "but you only charged my neighbor xxxx.xx
__________________
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:55 PM.

Page generated in 0.10133 seconds with 7 queries