Free lawn mowing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CD landscaping, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. CD landscaping

    CD landscaping LawnSite Member
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    There is this guy in my town that every 5 th cut he will mow for free with no contract to and its not like the first fith free cut but every one the tenth and soo on i cant believe that he is making money i just cant believe it.:dizzy:
     
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    how much is he charging though per cut? He actually might make up the cost if he charges a lot for the other cuts. But I still wouldn't do it.
     
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    If he charges $25 for a $20 lawn, he would still make the same amount of money and be able hook people with the magic word in advertising....FREE
     
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    yup, exactly what I was saying. He will stay make up the cost and of course as monster garage would say "FREEBIE"
     
  5. LAWNS AND MOWER

    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The only time I'll give a free cut ( and only 1 free cut ), is if the customer is willing to prepay for 10 cuts in the spring.
     
  6. Mark P

    Mark P LawnSite Senior Member
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    :) So in Texas the going rate is only 20-25, Id be in the big subs, biding on the 45-60 dollar lawns. Someone always trys to figure out a easy way to get jobs, good for him if he likes mowing 6xhow-ever many accounts he has,,,I don't work for free and don't work for 20-25 dollar jobs........Marks Mowing Service
     
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
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    yea, there was a guy like that here, thought he would make money. he advertised, "1 free cut per month, every lawn $25."he was a one man op, also did landscaping like this:customer makes plan and picks out material, he arranges delivery, and provides labor(himself) for $100 for 8 hrs. did fert apps too, only fert. told customers he was applying chemicals, but was really only fertilizing(u know, weeds like nitrogen too). he got a million calls, took jobs from real lawn services, and he was gone in 4 months.
     
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
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    The real question is what is he charging these people for the other "paying" cuts? He could be making just as much money as you. The word "free" does suck a lot of people in.


    Gravely_Man
     
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just saw today a billboard on a major hwy near me advertise 1 free MONTH of mowing (for new account sign ups only):dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy: I should have went into the building and asked around some???
     
  10. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
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    One free month? thats almost a third of the mowing season round here ;)
     

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