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Old 07-13-2008, 02:29 PM
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Plain and simple answer . . . .

There are two basic business models

one based on price which is directly correlated with High volume

and one based quality which is directly correlated with low volume

IF this guy is really charging cheap cheap cheap prices then he has to have a million yards to keep his net profit amount up, its that simple

I for one would hate to have that business model
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:02 PM
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everyone has bills to pay ,, no one should lie here,, everyone lowed balled and everyone still does ,,why let someone else get the job , for a couple of dollars cheaper,
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:09 PM
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everyone has bills to pay ,, no one should lie here,, everyone lowed balled and everyone still does ,,why let someone else get the job , for a couple of dollars cheaper,
Because it's not worth it! I've also looked at lowering rates and only way I can offer this is if atleast 5 people on one street sign up for it! Therefore I figure travel time saved would help make up the difference... I'm thinking I could take a yard which is normally $40 and turn it around to $25. That does kinda sound stupid in a way, but the way the economy is today there are quite a few customers from last year who just can't afford to pay for lawn service! They are good people, but the economy is just taking over their lives. If you have five yards that are all approximately 5 miles apart, then you drive at least 25 miles not including getting to the first! Lowering the trailer gate... unloading, loading... It may be able to be worthwhile, but you need volume!
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:40 PM
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Because it's not worth it! I've also looked at lowering rates and only way I can offer this is if atleast 5 people on one street sign up for it! Therefore I figure travel time saved would help make up the difference... I'm thinking I could take a yard which is normally $40 and turn it around to $25. That does kinda sound stupid in a way, but the way the economy is today there are quite a few customers from last year who just can't afford to pay for lawn service! They are good people, but the economy is just taking over their lives. If you have five yards that are all approximately 5 miles apart, then you drive at least 25 miles not including getting to the first! Lowering the trailer gate... unloading, loading... It may be able to be worthwhile, but you need volume!
Around here, we mow for approx 30 weeks. If you take your example and mow every 7 days that is 30 mows x $15 per mow(the diff between 40 and 25) = $450. Now lets say the customer actually does some maintenance on his mower and has his blades sharpened and balanced twice a season $9 x 2 = $18. Lets say he mows the same schedule---30 mows per season. And lets say he uses 1/3 of a gallon of fuel per mow $1.45 x 30 = $43.50 Factor in his initial cost of mower that will last 5 years tops $200 / 5yrs = $40 per season. Customer is now looking at $18 + $43.5 + $40 = $101.5 per season. If you deduct the original $450 savings from $ 101.5 you have $348. Do you know how much gas the customer buys with $348? About 5 weeks worth of fuel for his car, not even factoring in the wife's/husband's car. And the childrens cars too, one of them who at least should be helping with the mowing. $348 / 30mows = less than $12 per week. And I'll bet it takes him/her an hour to mow it!

You get my drift, right? Sell them on your services and his/her free time!
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:49 PM
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Around here, we mow for approx 30 weeks. If you take your example and mow every 7 days that is 30 mows x $15 per mow(the diff between 40 and 25) = $450. Now lets say the customer actually does some maintenance on his mower and has his blades sharpened and balanced twice a season $9 x 2 = $18. Lets say he mows the same schedule---30 mows per season. And lets say he uses 1/3 of a gallon of fuel per mow $1.45 x 30 = $43.50 Factor in his initial cost of mower that will last 5 years tops $200 / 5yrs = $40 per season. Customer is now looking at $18 + $43.5 + $40 = $101.5 per season. If you deduct the original $450 savings from $ 101.5 you have $348. Do you know how much gas the customer buys with $348? About 5 weeks worth of fuel for his car, not even factoring in the wife's/husband's car. And the childrens cars too, one of them who at least should be helping with the mowing. $348 / 30mows = less than $12 per week. And I'll bet it takes him/her an hour to mow it!

You get my drift, right? Sell them on your services and his/her free time!

Amen Brother!!!!!!!


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Old 07-21-2008, 10:53 PM
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Anyone know if Mike and/or TJ are still around here? I'd love to ask them some questions but I can't send a PM and don't have an e-mail or anything...

If you guys are around, any chance you could e-mail me at ukce1861@gmail.com?

Thanks.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:51 AM
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anyone know how many accounts justmowit is up to?
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:54 AM
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Anyone know if Mike and/or TJ are still around here? I'd love to ask them some questions but I can't send a PM and don't have an e-mail or anything...

If you guys are around, any chance you could e-mail me at ukce1861@gmail.com?

Thanks.
get 10 posts and you will be allowed to pm.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:42 AM
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hi fl,, i'm still around, ask questions away
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:41 PM
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To the OP, that duck looks like he's smoked some cannabis lol
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