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Old 04-30-2013, 01:56 PM
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3 including me.

Don't know material or standard labor pricing in your area, but i dont think you made out as well as you think you did.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:07 PM
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I spent...
$950 for mulch
$198 my guys' pay
$15 or 20 for the diesel it took for 3 trips to get the mulch and deliver it

I think I came out pretty awesome. $780 in my pocket for one day's work.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:57 PM
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Employer Payroll taxes? Dump fees? Time and fuel to haul away debris? Insurance (Commercial General)? Insurance ( Auto)? Insurance (Workers Comp)? Phone bill? Your time in providing an estimate?
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:34 PM
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I spent...
$950 for mulch
$198 my guys' pay
$15 or 20 for the diesel it took for 3 trips to get the mulch and deliver it

I think I came out pretty awesome. $780 in my pocket for one day's work.
$3.50 /bag for 300 bags? Pretty steep for quantity. Your mulch vender had a good day.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:32 PM
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Employer Payroll taxes? Dump fees? Time and fuel to haul away debris? Insurance (Commercial General)? Insurance ( Auto)? Insurance (Workers Comp)? Phone bill? Your time in providing an estimate?
No dump fees, customer rented a dumpster. My lawn maintenance program, which is the bread and butter of my operation, already covers all my taxes and insurance and every other bill I have. I don't need you guys to tell me that 780 in one day isn't good, even if I have to pay a few bills with it. Im not trying to be a jerk, but that was a pretty good bid, in my opinion.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:45 PM
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I agree with you. Don't feel bad, people act like I'm crazy and have no clue what I'm doing all the time on here. I'm getting pretty tired of it. When I first came here years ago I felt like there was alot to be learned on this site where we all have some things in common. But now there seems to just be trolls and people who make themselves feel better by knocking you for trying to build a business
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:00 PM
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No dump fees, customer rented a dumpster. My lawn maintenance program, which is the bread and butter of my operation, already covers all my taxes and insurance and every other bill I have. I don't need you guys to tell me that 780 in one day isn't good, even if I have to pay a few bills with it. Im not trying to be a jerk, but that was a pretty good bid, in my opinion.
I'm not trying to be a jerkeither, just tired of being lowballed by guys who aren't legit. Not trying to imply that you aren't, just wanting to make sure you are thinking about everything.

I'm the complete opposite. Lawn mowing is a small percentage of my sales.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:05 PM
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Dude, you will always be lowballed, especially in a bad economy. When a man loses his job, the first thing he does is grab a mower and put in the back of his wife's minivan, and instantly he is a landscape business cutting lawns for 15 bucks.your customers should see the difference, if your legit and professional, and no have a problem paying or you. If they do have a problem, ou have the wrong customers
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:35 PM
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:36 PM
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I can get bagged for about 5$ more a yard then bulk. For me working solo and mostly residential where i can't get a truck in back yards bags are a no brainer for me. But for someone who can back a truck up to the bed and save some money on material then yea i would say that would be the way to go. I can put down 30 bags of mulch on my properties i maintain in an hour no problem at all. Does not include weeding first but once I have beds prepped and ready it flies with bags.
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