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need help learning business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by greenviewlandscaper, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. greenviewlandscaper

    greenviewlandscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Ive been doing landscaping for about 4 years and know alot of the maintenence part of it its just business I need help with can anyone explain to me how to bid a yard like what kind of things do I take into account or should I just charge an hourly rate?
  2. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    Well...to keep it short and sweet, always ask yourself this question when bidding a job...

    What does it cost me to do the job?

    Then bid accordingly.
  3. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    Take into account also how long it will take you, and how far out of your way you have to go to get there.
  4. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

    My dad gave me this advice when I bought his company, "Do I want it? Do I need It?" I ask my self this question at every bid. And too me it helps.
  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    Look at the time it will take, are there hills valleys, is it a PITA, do I have other customers around so that I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone...

    Talk with the customer. LEARN personalitys, once you have mastered this everythign you touch will turn to gold,,,,

    Remember if it doesn't make sence..... someone's lieing.....

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