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Is it low balling or is it smart?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DFW Area Landscaper, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. 290

    290 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 216

    Thanks for bringing it back up. It was indeed a good read.
  2. Tyler259

    Tyler259 Banned
    Posts: 100

    Yeah I'm bumping this interesting stuff.
  3. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,855

    Justmowing's workers are all mexicans provided with federal government visas. All the math I saw on here was for 10 an hour per employee. If you think they're making anything above minimum wage you're nuts.
  4. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,080

    The federally mandated rate is currently 11.79. You cannot get around it and stay in good graces with the B2B program
  5. JimsLocalLawn

    JimsLocalLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 644

    Ok so you guys brought this back up....but what's the end result?

    If you think he hired mexicans to pay them 11.79 per hour...your sadly mistaken
    If they are receiving checks for that much, then he is receiving compensation from some program to pay their wages. There is LOTS of government funded payroll programs out there. Most of which pay at least half (if not all) the salary for you, just to hire them!

    We have "goodwill industries" out this way that employee's inmates on good behavior for lawn services. They mow state parks and things of that nature. They get no compensation and they work like dogs. They have rigs that would make you look like a lowballer. One trailer they lug around has four 60" Grand Stands, 8 Commercial Trimmers, with 4 backpack blowers. They pay nothing for labor and the state gets their dirty work done for free, all they get is tax incentives / breaks on the profitable sides of their business. They will also pay for your business to hire new workers - they pay half the hourly salary for the first year if you hire through the unemployment office.

    It's slave labor anyway you look at it.

    I'm more curious on how his idea's turned out. Was the grass greener on that side of the business? I would personally love to hear from him.
  6. Cunningham Landscape

    Cunningham Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I go by this phrase........ "I'd rather sit at home and go broke, then work for free!"
  7. coolbreeze

    coolbreeze LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    He and his dad stopped visiting this site a few years. One of the main reasons was that a few people took the copycat idea too far. They didn't just copy his business model, but his trucks, logos, etc. They are still in business though!
  8. Utah Lawn Care

    Utah Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,403

    One of the greatest threads of all time. Does anyone in Dallas area know if Just Mowing still exists?
  9. Kawizx62003

    Kawizx62003 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,416

    I was able to access their website a month or so ago. It's down again. It seemed updated as they were advertising a 2013 ford escape (I think) giveaway. A few weeks later it is down. I wonder if they have so many customers they **** it down. It had a video of a GM who was not a Justice.
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    Not sure why shut it down was started out. Maybe I typed **** accidentally.
  10. Kawizx62003

    Kawizx62003 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,416

    Yup I accident typed **** and it starred it out. That's awesome.
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