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if i had a nickel for everytime.............

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnwizards, May 25, 2008.

  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    someone started a thread about gas prices, i'd be very well off by now. if gas going up 50 cents a gallon is eating into your budget so much, then maybe you need to get into another line of work or look at your bottom line and figure out how much to charge. anyone else agree with me?
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    Ditto!!! high gas prices knocks out the fly by night lawn operations
  3. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 330

    I want to start a mowing company when Im 16 and I see gas can affect us, but like everything else you raise your price. Am I right
  4. Mowing Freak

    Mowing Freak LawnSite Senior Member
    from S.E. Ks
    Posts: 459

    Well must be nice for fuel to only be .50 higher in your area but in my area it has almost doubled since last year and most of that increase happened in the last 2 months. What makes it even worse, there is a refinery right in town and you can go 30 to 45 miles away and get fuel that comes from the same refinery cheaper.
  5. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 958

    Well I'm happy for you if the fuel prices and other increases because of it(food, tires, mowers, mower parts, etc.)aren't affecting you. As for the rest the rest of us I think I can safely say it is hurting us in some way or another. Customers are getting crabby and shopping for cheaper lawn guys to offset their gas, food, and other price increases. Hell some people who haven't mowed their own lawn in 10 years are starting to do their own again. These increases are killing this country and if you can't clearly see that you must have way too much money so feel free to Paypal me about $10,000 or so because I could sure use it.
  6. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 330

    Man the way you guys talk its not worth making a company maybe I will just go get a job on the rail road as a engineer
  7. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,378

    Our gas prices have went up .50 in the past month. Averaging .10 a week.:hammerhead: You can only raise your prices so much until people will drop you. With prices going up this much this quick into the season, what will they be in the late summer? You can't raise prices mid season. How about the price of groceries and everthing else needed, gas prices is affecting the price of everything. I can't believe there are people not worried about this, its not just what you pay for gas, its everyting else needed for survival. If you think this is weeding out the fly by nights you are sadly mistaken. many are turnign to mowing and landscaping as ways to provide extra needed income. Wake up!
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    Right now until things level off, keep your overhead low. Hopefully, this constant increase will finally top out and as time goes by, the economy will adjust.
  9. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    When we started our business, gas was at .99 cents a gallon.
    It's not about the gas prices NOW, it's about how bad it is going to get.
    Gas prices affect everything. It's not about paying more at the pump right now, it's about how scared are the customers going to get when gas hits 6 bucks gallon, 8 bucks a gallon? Customers are going to be running scared, and they are going to start thinking, "should I really be spending 200 bucks a month in lawn service, maybe I can start cutting this myself?"
    NOW is not the problem... .it's the UNSEEN FUTURE.
  10. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    I agree there are a lot more wanna be landscapers this year than in the past few. The problem is that these guys are charging too little and even though they may be covering their small overhead, they wont make enough in the long run to survive long term. The real problem is that these jokers keep the homeowners thinking they can get their acre mowed for $35 like they did 10 years ago thereby lessening the amount of good clients available to the real LCO. Long term these guys wont be around and the market they take up isnt a market that any established company wants anyway. So yes gas has gone up, and likewise the cost of heating, lighting, milk, everything has and will go up accordingly. This was predicted long before the season started however, and anyone who has been around awhile would have known to charge accordingly for it. So are things expensive, yes. Should you be careful with your spending, probably. Are you going to make it through the year, maybe. Should you have taken the necessary measures to properly prepare for this year without being worried about your fuel costs and living expenses, most definitely. Anyone complaining that gas is killing them has no one to blame but themselves, and these flyby nighters going around without a clue as to proper taxation, licensing, registrations will get what is coming to them and I will be ready to buy their slightly used mowers in a few months when they are forced to shut down.

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