I need a business coach!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by APLUS LAWN CARE, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What size of deck you cutting with
     
  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you bid at $30 and you think take you 45 mins you already screwed your self $30 job should only take 1-20 mins
     
  3. APLUS LAWN CARE

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
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    I cut with a 60" deck


    You are pretty much the same area as me so prices shouldn't be that much different. Would you mind sharing how you do your estimating and maybe I can pick up some pointers?
     
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sure you ask away but not in open forum
     
  5. APLUS LAWN CARE

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
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    Thanks, I just sent you a PM.
     
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    For install work, keep it simple and set your hourly rate say 45-55 per man hr then add your material cost and tack 15% on to that, then depending on the feel of the customer you can fudge up or down from there generally up not down. for maint work just keep it at $1/min don't over think it, of course with gas going up that could go up to $1.25/min or more. The property you mentioned should have been bid at 45+ more like $50-$55
     
  7. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    How many years are you in business?

    If you are doing 40 hours of work a week you should be grossing $2,000 a week, 25 week season $50,000.

    Points out to what you have realized that you are not charging enough.

    If you are getting 50% or more of your bids then your pricing is to low.

    So what percentage of bids do you get?

    Do you have a minimum price for a mow?

    If you do not have a minimum that is one problem if you do have a minimum what is the price?

    I get $35 for 1/4 acre or less.

    My first two years I was not getting the properties over half acre. My pricing was too high. Readjusted my estimating numbers for properties over half an acre.

    First year I did a clean up. Half way through the job I realized that I priced the job for half of what I should of done it for.

    I made a deal and honored it.

    It was a one time deal.

    Now on the other hand if I priced a weekly job at too low of a price I would tell the customer that I underestimated the price for the job.

    That I hope they liked the quality of my work but for me to continue the price from now on will have to go up.

    I bet your 10 lowest priced customers you are not even breaking even on. So I would hit them up for a price increase.
     
  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    APLUS, is lawncare your passion???
     
  9. APLUS LAWN CARE

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
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    Yes, I do have a passion for doing lawn care. I love making customer's yards look good. It gives me a sense of pride very few other jobs could.
     
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good question. But, the one that precedes this one: "Do you want to be a business owner, offering services primarily to residential homeowners?"

    If you really like working outside, like cutting grass and other lawn service tasks, but either don't have an interest in being a business owner, or have the aptitude of being a business owner, then you need to reconsider your path.

    LS is filled with posts by those who love cutting grass, making straight lines, laying good stripes, but either have no interest or skills in financially managing a business.
     

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