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choices?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Frontier-Lawn, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,938

    ok what are my choices on this topic.
    im losing most of my clients in one area to a sp company with all new equipment. i charge weekly per cut. he charges flat $80 per month. they are jumping to him left and right. What should i do? just pull out of this area and move on or ?
     
  2. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,330

    Wait til he goes out of business...take all your clients back...and charge em 10 dollars more than before.
     
  3. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 798

    It all depends on how he is billing. For 8 months or 12? I too am thinking of going to a monthly rate next year. for a 12 month cycle.
    say he is doing yearly contract, 80x12=960 now if he gives them 32 cuts per year, that's 30.00 per cut.
    What is the Avg per cut in your area? Here it is 35.00 per cut.
     
  4. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,938

  5. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 677

    Sign them up monthly. This is a normal business practice and you should be able to follow suit. Good Luck!!
     
  6. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    Weekly billing is for kids and weekend warriors, it has no place in a fulltime LCO's business
     
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    I tend to gear up to the larger properties, so I am not really familiar with the
    6K yards, but I have a minimum of $45 up to the first acre, then $25 per acre after that, unless there are lots of obstacles, curbs to be trimmed etc. I really try hard, and most of my clients go along with it to try to get them on an equal monthly payment system. Here is what I do.

    1. 7 day mow properties - I figure 26 mowings per yr. then divide it by 7 monthy payments due May 15 thru Nov 15. (We start mowing in early April and stop end of Oct - Sometimes a mowing or two in Nov.)
     

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