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Advice on bidding

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Plantlover26, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Plantlover26

    Plantlover26 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    New an upcoming business looking for advice on bidding jobs for landscape application and lawn maintenance. Any advice on general bids?
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    You really should look around and read some of the threads. Maybe go to the "starting a business" forum and read up in there.
  3. Plantlover26

    Plantlover26 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    thanks , new to the site, not really sure how to use it just yet. but thanks.
  4. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    yeah, people really like spending days using the search tool.

    figure out what you need to make per hour, if you will eventually have employees, then charge as if you will be showing up with a couple, (maintenance), and factor in paying guys while they drive between accounts, and fuel and materials. If you dont charge as if you will have workers, then you won't be able to hire them on what you charge to do it yourself.

    do your own yard and time yourself so you get a clear idea of how long it takes to perform maint. so you can look at a section of weeds in beds and know how far you can go in an hour weeding etc...

    There is no magic formula that I can give you to teach you how to estimate, but think ahead and it will help.

    avoid making outlandish promises to get business that cost you too much to perform. and don't worry about uncomfortable silent periods when presenting to a customer. they don't need additional info, unless they ask for it.

    That's all I got.
  5. Plantlover26

    Plantlover26 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    good stuff thanks bro

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