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Old 03-26-2003, 11:12 PM
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all i can say is thank god your doing the job and not me . for that price i wish you luck.
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Old 03-26-2003, 11:19 PM
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The bushes are reasonably priced. I would even say a bit low, but thats me.

Id tell him to shove his bed proposal you know where.

If he doesnt want to give in, move on.
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Old 03-27-2003, 12:17 AM
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What would you do?
I'd leave that property ASAP, forget his name, wipe the dust off my shoes as I left. Never to think of that miserable person again. Life's too short and there are way too many good customers who "get it" to waste time with cheapskates like that guy.

Honestly, I'd turn and walk away.

Your bid for pruning seemed a little low if you ask me. But DEFINITELY not too high. You just need to focus in a higher caliber of clientele.
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Old 03-27-2003, 12:40 AM
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you should charge i feel at least 5.00 per shurb under 4 feet wide.after 4 feet a charge 3 per foot.like the long terrace kind of deals that are 10 20 feet long.but i would walk away.its tuff to do that but you will be better off.let some low baller do it
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Old 03-27-2003, 07:28 AM
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Thanks for all those that have replied. You guys are great.

.......the customer and I had a conversation. ( you see he left the information I originally posted on my voicemail). ........ He actually understood where I was coming from so we came to a compromise. You see because this is my first commercial prospect I was willing to bend a little and learn alot.
......... and I told him that I would charge him $35.00 to trim the shrubs. I told him that this was my normal hourly rate per man hour and I would track the amount of time it takes to trim these bushes. If the amount of time is significantly higher than 1 man hour we would work out an arrangement. (I know bending like someone needing a job ) But again, I'm willing to give a little to get that first commercial account under my belt and allows me to do some better timing tests of tasks for similiar bids in the future. Overall I think this as been a real good experience for me in terms of negotiating in the bidding process.
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Talk to you again,
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Do I read this correctly/ You came down from 294.00 to THIRTY-FIVE BUCKS? I wouldn't call this "bending like someone needing a job' I'd call it bending over.
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Old 03-27-2003, 08:27 AM
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Hi Guys and (Gals- probably need to be politically correct)

Appreciate again all your comments or thoughts.

Especially enjoyed (lol) crawdad's comment about bending over.
Maybe I am bending over crawdad but not before covering my a..


Yes, I did agree to 35.00 per man hour with an agreement that if it takes significantly greater than 1 man hour that we would revisit the price. In addition, in convincing him to take the pre-emergent application I have a built in cushion on this service as well as others that should cover my a.. Anyway that was my thinking.

But then again I may learn something from this experience that may be valuable in future bids. Again, I think the best teacher is experience and the experience of others. That's why I frequently visit this site.

I have another commercial bid I'm in the process of bidding and probably will not budge on figures. If they accept fine, if not I'll keep movin on.

Thanks again for the responses.
Chat with you later.

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Old 03-27-2003, 08:39 AM
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I cant stand shrubs....

What is "signifigantly longer than one hour"? 3 HOURS! Are you really going to go back to him after 2 hours and ask for more money?

Is "Take it Easy" your business name or just a signature line for the site?
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Old 03-27-2003, 09:00 AM
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What is "signifigantly longer than one hour"? 3 HOURS! Are you really going to go back to him after 2 hours and ask for more money?
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I'm not anticipating it taking longer.. I'm going to push to it in as little time as possible (without doing a sh..ty job).

Yes this is my company's name.. catchy... every customer comments on it.

Sometime I'll need to post my logo.. its catchy too.
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Old 03-27-2003, 09:08 AM
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I totally understand where you are coming from saying this is your first commercial account and wanting to be a little flexible. I have been there and remember that well. Hopefully this will end up working out for you without being too painful.


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Old 03-27-2003, 09:43 AM
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Ok now my opinion has changed.

You would be the STUPIDEST person i know if you are even TRYING TO CONSIDER doing this job.

Tell that guy to use some Vaseline next time he tries to stick it to someone. Sounds like you don't care what he uses though.
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