Minimum job?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CNYScapes, May 28, 2009.

  1. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Getting lots of phone calls for small jobs $250-$500. For me to go out and give an estimate on it and then schedule the time for my 2 man crew to go do the job, I cant make any money on these small jobs. I try and find out over the phone a little about the job from the customer to prequalify them, but how do I politely tell them their job sounds too small to come out and look at. I was thinking about a $500 minimum or something, but how to tell them politely?
     
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sort of why I do not understand giving estimates for fall clean ups since most fall in that area of prices. I do not think there is a real polite way to say no just come out and say it or don't say it and ignore the call. We get this one every winter can you give us a quote to replace some bush some one ran over who lost control of their car its going to be an insurance job. Yea ehehehe that sounds like fun.
     
  3. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Works really well if you have someone else who does do smaller jobs that you can refer these clients to.

    We usually say: "Sorry, our minimum is $xxx, but you might try Landscape XYZ. Thanks for your call." or what have you...
     
  4. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    i love the $250 jobs. i can blow out 4-5 a day with 2 other guys. $1000 a day, minus $200 in payrole and say half in business expences, $400 a day, is $50/hr and $2000 a week, $8000 a month conservitively. not too shabby and those number are exageraged on the low side.
     
  5. dnc19694339

    dnc19694339 LawnSite Member
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    That works out fine if you are still on the job working with your guys. I am not, I sell the jobs and forward everything to my foreman. Its too much legwork for small jobs like that.
     
  6. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    point noted
     
  7. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    He's saying it's not worth the time for the estimates. How can you knock out 4-5 a day and do the 20-25 estimates a week?
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    It sounds like you might be pricing too low?
     
  9. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    2 yards mulch edged and installed? $250
    3 yards mulch edged and installted? $350

    Is that too low?
     
  10. Client Critic

    Client Critic LawnSite Member
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    We do the small jobs as well. We just charge a higher fee for each item. You never know when a small job may lead to a bigger one. We have one skilled guy that ussually does them by him self. 10 to 20 shrub jobs with mulch. HE GETS PAID BY THE JOB.
     

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