how to bid on jobs

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JenkinsLawnCare, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. JenkinsLawnCare

    JenkinsLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Hey! I have started a small lawn care business and i'm going to UMASS Amherst to become a landscape contractor. Now i have all the equipment that i need to do leaf jobs but im not sure how to bid on jobs correctly. I have a couple leaf jobs already but i just want to know how to correctly bid on them and also make sure im not under or over bidding myself. Thank you!
     
  2. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    90% of people myself inculed only do leaves by the hour. u cold look at a job today give the a price and show up in 2 days to do it and there could b either twice as much down or the wind could have taken alot of them away. this way its fair for both u and the customer. I also do it that way because i dont have enough time to run to all the peoples houses that call every day for leaves. u have to also remember u only have abot 6-8 weeks o get everything done so be sure u charge accordingly.
     
  3. JenkinsLawnCare

    JenkinsLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Thank you very much for your imput! so let me ask you this do u go to a job and just tell the customer this is how much an hour i charge and i believe th job will take this long or do you just go to the job and say this is what i charge an hour and do the job and then bill the customer?
     
  4. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    i tell them its is $$ per man per hour min. 1 hour and i try to ballpark it but it tell them it may be higher or lower and make sure they relize that it is just a ballpark not a quote.
     
  5. JenkinsLawnCare

    JenkinsLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Alright sounds good thank you very much! when you ball park it do you just walk around and think about how many hours it will take you then you come up with a price?
     

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