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Old 04-26-2013, 06:48 PM
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I hear you Larry, was out bidding work this week a call from an elder gentleman. Last guy sent letter out he is going out of business. I walk the property and he said wants full maintenance from spring to fall. I take all my notes and tell him I will call him back. I work up the price for all the services, and break them down. Since we only do service agreements for residential, we bill for each service as completed. Long story short I bid $55 for the lawn cutting only each week, he said WOW the last guy charged me $25 a cut and did it for me for 30 years. $25 a cut and would add $10-15 for added services, he was also traveling about 30 miles each way. I told him my price is what it is and I though I was giving him a deal because my min. is $60. No wonder why his guy is not doing it any longer, I don't think he was breaking even on it. I get at least 1 call like this every two weeks the whole country must be loaded with them.
As cheap as I am I simply cant compete with half the business out there, the only plus side to this year is I dont see very many new fellers out there. Mabey they figured out how expensive this business is to operate.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:02 PM
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I hear you Larry, was out bidding work this week a call from an elder gentleman. Last guy sent letter out he is going out of business. I walk the property and he said wants full maintenance from spring to fall. I take all my notes and tell him I will call him back. I work up the price for all the services, and break them down. Since we only do service agreements for residential, we bill for each service as completed. Long story short I bid $55 for the lawn cutting only each week, he said WOW the last guy charged me $25 a cut and did it for me for 30 years. $25 a cut and would add $10-15 for added services, he was also traveling about 30 miles each way. I told him my price is what it is and I though I was giving him a deal because my min. is $60. No wonder why his guy is not doing it any longer, I don't think he was breaking even on it. I get at least 1 call like this every two weeks the whole country must be loaded with them.
This is when you tell the customer $25 a cut is why the old LCO went broke and is out of business now.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:11 PM
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Trying to keep costs low. Added 4 new customers this year.

Then I had to buy 4 tires, road hazard, alignment, and sales tax to the cost of $986.

So slow to get ahead.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:20 PM
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Trying to keep costs low. Added 4 new customers this year.

Then I had to buy 4 tires, road hazard, alignment, and sales tax to the cost of $986.

So slow to get ahead.
Its rough, I dont know how We can do anythings any cheaper, I do nearly all my own repairs and order parts online. This is my 6th year and I find myself having to reinvest it a whole lot of equiptment, not to mention I did a bunch of stuff to my truck over winter.

Never seems to end, and then on the home front its the same story.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:39 PM
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i had my mower engine bend a pushrod a week ago but it was fixed under warranty so that was free. mower was only at 299hrs and owner's manual says adjust valves at 300hrs.

i'm gonna have to adjust them every 250hrs i guess. stupid kawi engines. next time i'm getting a kohler.

everything else has been ok so far. i noticed one of my anti scalp wheels is kindof broken so i gotta buy another one of those. $13 a piece. i can't just buy 1 or i'll have one that's not worn at all and all the others worn down a bit. i'll have to get at least 2.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:17 PM
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The difference between "landscapers" and "business owners". All business owners can be landscapers, but not all landscapers can be business owners.
I hope the current state of my bank account isn't an indication of which of those I am lol. If I had to pay to take a s*** I couldn't do that till some invoices are paid... sure wish the remaining 1/4 of my lawns would start frickin growing.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:21 PM
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I hope the current state of my bank account isn't an indication of which of those I am lol. If I had to pay to take a s*** I couldn't do that till some invoices are paid... sure wish the remaining 1/4 of my lawns would start frickin growing.
I feel you on that. I've got to send out monthly invoices in the morning, I hope my fast payers have their checkbooks ready. This season started latter than last year and 4 weeks of expenses after a low income winter is rough.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:04 PM
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don't feel like the lone ranger
end of last season I had to spend around 2k on a new engine(21 Kaw) for my small mower then right before Christmas another 1k around the house because I had a change in insurance policies
ate hard into my winter money
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:13 PM
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The difference between "landscapers" and "business owners". All business owners can be landscapers, but not all landscapers can be business owners.
Well Im not sure if I own my business, or my business owns me.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:16 PM
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don't feel like the lone ranger
end of last season I had to spend around 2k on a new engine(21 Kaw) for my small mower then right before Christmas another 1k around the house because I had a change in insurance policies
ate hard into my winter money
My winter money is all gone, its eighter sink or swim now.

So I had a little job this morning that required my 36" Ferrris because the grass was waist high. Well the during the recient storms a tree branch fell on and i noticed the aircleaner housing was broke, so there goes another 35$.

Im beginning to think it might be cheaper just to go fishing
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