cant believe it

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by jeffwpayne, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. jeffwpayne

    jeffwpayne LawnSite Member
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    ok guys my first post finally, iv done lawn service in the past right after high school from 05-08. Iv been back in the biz for 1 month now and have 15accounts. I noticed people in swfl really don't want to pay much for lawn care these days, iv had so many phone calls of people wanting monthly service for $50-$60 bucks max. There is no way in h3ll anyone can survive on that. I won't drop my gate for under $80 a month and that's for close friends. Years ago I billed monthly 60+ accounts now I'm charging by the cut, I mow when I get paid!!!! nothing like chasing down your money. I also want customers that want lawn care not mow and go lawn service, so with that said, I'm only looking to service 15-20 lawns 1 maybe 2days a week as I have a full time job in something outside the lawn biz. Just had to vent as I had a customer give me a $40 check to cover the entire month of Aug. I handed it back to him and said I can no longer manage his lawn as I would be losing money. So I pretty much set my prices at the max and the people that do pay it. Well we are both happy cause I'm not some hop and chop lawn dude. My work speaks for itself. Lol do I sound too cocky? Ha. Just sick of the people out there that want something for nothing, really grinds my gears even though I'm a cheapazz myself. Hehe
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  2. bugsNbows

    bugsNbows LawnSite Member
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    My motto: no tickie, no laundry. Set your prices and do not negotiate. It is what it is.
     
  3. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why per cut? I will only bill monthly 12 times a year. Yes some prices are down but you can still find customers that want to pay for quality.
     
  4. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Holy crap! I don't charge less than 200/month. Is that full service?
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  5. mjlcare2

    mjlcare2 LawnSite Member
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    Holy Crap! Your in NC and know nothing about Florida lawn maintenance.
     
  6. Hahahahaha...it's true, Florida is different than any other state...
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  7. jeffwpayne

    jeffwpayne LawnSite Member
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    Why per cut?, cause If someone doesn't pay I don't want to work a month for free. And $200 a month in Florida is possible but that's for really nice lawns and top notch service most the time. Regular lawns its hard to get $100 a month. All depends on location and the customer. I found it less headache to collect by the cut. And stay away from the people that don't care about there lawns cause those people want it done for $10. Down here you see 3-5 lawn trucks at a stop light and maybe 1 is legit. Others advertise $15-$20 per cut but who knows there overhead.
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  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    This made me chuckle :)
     
  9. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You are correct. Not a thing, but I do know about cost of operation and if you can operate at those prices there, you would make a killing up here. Do y'all only cut biweekly? And is that full service
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  10. mjlcare2

    mjlcare2 LawnSite Member
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    Your joking right.. you really do know nothing about Florida climate grass.. we can grow grass on concrete.. of course we mow weekly and provide full service.. we also typically service quarter acre lots depending on your local.

    It really doesn't matter what answer we give.. your response is going to revolve around you charging $200+.. we do to.. just not on quarter acre lots that take 20 min a go..
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