I Keep Getting Underbid

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by LBOperator, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    This has got to be the most ridiculous post I've seen yet on here! You had better be charging a minimum of $1/min and that's a bare minimum. When you figure your cost of doing business you need to have this figure as a reference so you don't get over loaded with to much cost.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2013
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,536

    7.50
    There it is boys!
    We have an official winner of the race to the bottom.

    This race officially sponsored by Ryobi, Homelite, Craftsman and the 1989 Geo Metro its all loaded in.
     
  3. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    Those are 25 yrs ago postage stamp lawn prices, should be double that if you are mowing, blowing, and trimming. Wait till taxes and expenses hit your working for free.
     
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    DOUBLE? More like triple or quad troupe even for postage lots you still have to make money!
     
  5. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    I was thinking if there were several in a row. Keep in mind a 30 dollar lawn is like 3 postage stamp lawns . You show me where you can $25 to 28 per postage stamp lawn and Im moving there to retire mowing them.
     
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Good luck finding that! 28 postage lawns in a row yea! I've got 40 right here beside me but they all mow there own lawn and I would too! it's the reason they bought a postage size lot, so they wouldn't have to pay someone to mow it! think about it!
     
  7. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,855

    Townhouses gentlemen. A lot of them require you to maintain your own lawn. I just broke into this market near me. Building lots of volume for 20-25 a piece. Two stripes in the front, two stripes in the back, weed eat and you're done blowing it off ten minutes later by yourself. Build volume, and you're looking at huge, huge money.
     
  8. Vanderhoff Landscaping

    Vanderhoff Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 383

    $7.50? For that pay you might as well work at Burger King! Same pay and less labor intensive!
     
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Cheap prices =VOLUME = working yourself to death! Volume is fine as long as your not the one doing the work. not a good plan for a solo guy, if you've got the capital to build volume and have payroll, that works! Why do you think the retail segment can't afford to hire employees! They have cheap prices with high volume but it's not enough to have a decent work force! Not the business model I want to be in!
     
  10. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,855

    The return on your time and their siZe on these lawns
    Is substantially better than the big ones. Ten of these is an acre of grass.
     

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