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Getting things together

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by southerlawn, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,339

    Right! No payments just mean more moolah in our pockets!!!
     
  2. southerlawn

    southerlawn LawnSite Member
    from Hays NC
    Posts: 65

    Which is always a BIG +:clapping:
     
  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    $30/hr WOW! thats low you ought to rethink that! we can do two -three an hr at $35 a pop
     
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    NOT TRUE! You have to recover that money you spent to buy the equipt first!
     
  5. southerlawn

    southerlawn LawnSite Member
    from Hays NC
    Posts: 65

    I dont know who you are but this makes three times you have down my equipment or my methods this is not my first time down this road made plenty last time, I dont need to get rich just want enough to live comfortable on fro me and my family. I dont mind constructive criticism but your just being an A$$. I live in a smaller town where the max lawn care is $35/hr so Im on the high end. Also if you dont mind see your way out of my thread
     
  6. southerlawn

    southerlawn LawnSite Member
    from Hays NC
    Posts: 65

    So heres an update as of Jan 23 2013

    now have 2 landscape projects under contract and 15 lawns under contract
     
  7. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Souther,

    I'm not trying to criticize you at all, just trying to help you see that there is a real business side to this, why would you want to leave money on the table when it's there to be had? I know there are a lot of guys on here that just want to do this as a hobby, which is fine. But if your trying to actually make a living? ARE YOU? then you want to treat this like a true business. I would rather see you succeed than get into this and make crtitical errors and end up having to throw the towel in and end up doing something you really don't like. I say this because I have been down that exact road.I don't mean to come off like the GURU of landscapers, certainly I am not, but I have learned quite a bit and really like to see people succeed. As much as this industry gets a bad rap, I have found that it's really a great opportunity for the avg guy to truly build something he can be proud of. Done right you can really have a solid business that can bring you a lot of pride and enjoyment. I love reading all the post about guys that have went from basically nothing to a successful fulltime business, it just shows that IT CAN BE DONE. Sorry if I came at you wrong, we all have to be careful about how we interpet someone's post on here, it's hard to realize someones intent sometimes, another lesson I've learned over the years. It's great that you've gained some clients,one of my favorite sayings I learned from one of my teachers, "Always keep on keepin on"
     
  8. southerlawn

    southerlawn LawnSite Member
    from Hays NC
    Posts: 65

    Thanks for clarifying, Im not trying to low ball anyone in my area but, as i said 30 is on the higher end of 35-45 price per hour in my town so i should be close I think.
     
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Actually Lowballing is what you have to do if your in a saturated market, which it doesn't sound like you are, I call it the wal mart effect, it's how they wipe out almost all the mom and pop business's in the area's they go to.BUT! they have cheap products, they pay slave wages and have terrible customer service imop.
     
  10. southerlawn

    southerlawn LawnSite Member
    from Hays NC
    Posts: 65

    I like to refer my prices as fair market value, not cheap but not under priced
     

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