if 12 month month is NOT a good option,

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by 205mx, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Why are so many asking about it?

    My company offers 12 month as an option. I try to sell it first.

    The reason I went this route is I compiled a list of problems the green industry faces and having a diverse customer base, per cut, per month 8 month, and per month year round, covers all of your bases financially.

    Another reason is I do what we call PMP or practice makes perfect.

    "practice practicing what best practices practice"

    do what the company you want be like does over and over and over again, and eventually youll be like them.

    The next step is buy them, or surpass them.
     
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Because some people are narrowed minded

    I don't include mulch and such but I do for all maintenance. Blowouts start ups etc.

    I have one package that includes annuals as well

    Its really not a matter of not being able to manage money correctly, rather than just being able to have cash flow at all times. Thats severely important when having employees
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  3. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Great points whiffy
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  4. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tyler, this is because in service industry many companies have used the "service contract" to bill things that don't get done. It's a real obstacle here too. Only properties here I have that want a fixed price are ones with board members. Good luck!
     
  5. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hey man, each business is different. The town im originally from i would have never tried it!

    Here it makes works.
    I think it depends on the area and the caliber of client. As i said i have a well diversified list.

    I believe its the best route for commercial or HOA though.

    As for residential, i think its sort of in between.
     
  6. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    "Because some people are narrowed minded "

    Wouldnt it be narrow minded to think that everyones business should operate the same?

    Different strategys work in different areas. Demographics play an important part In what marketing, sales and operational practices are effective.
    In our area 12 monthly payments don't fly. The average income in our county is about the lowest in the state. It is a heavy retirement area with alot of seniors. They never want to owe money they want their bill so it can be paid.
    The benefit to the forum is the experiences of different business owners in different areas. You can see what has worked in one area may not in another.
     
  7. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Agreed, I used to be in an area where the average income was about 34k and the home was about 150. Where I am now the income is 75+ and the homes are 400k
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  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's what I meant. People dismiss everything just because they don't believe in it. Look at some previous posts on the topic
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  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Jimlewis is the best one to chime in here
     
  10. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    ...Jim. Calling Jim
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