Need help with estimate!!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by scag2015, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yeah, it's not the customers fault if you have inferior equipment.
     
  2. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes I agree, but like I said there good friends (very good) and they want to hire me, and at this point iv got the time to deal with lower grade equipment, fast forward 4 years:), and I'll be doing it with a 72 turf tiger:) (hopefully) anyway, thanks
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  3. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do the 125$ and learn I'm encouraged to hear about young guys like yourself. Give them your best just like they were paying you 500$
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  4. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes sir!:)
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  5. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    sure, I'm just saying theres nothing wrong with him charging low and maybe not recovering all his time properly….got to learn a little at the time, and his customers aren't going to pay him what they pay you.

    If he charges what you charge, per hour, there is no way he could do it as fast as you…as so he would actually cost MORE than you…. it all doesn't math out.

    I personally think $150 is high for a teenager and a lawn tractor but hey, if the guy pays that…great!
     
  6. Locqus

    Locqus LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had a few friends/family pay a premium ( or a little higher than what they could get it with a bigger company) because they knew me etc. Sometimes its not about money, and the extra little bit is worth it to have someone they trust and know doing it. Even if it takes him an extra hour or so, he needs to charge for it. Get the higher price if you can, and then as you grow you can drop their price as it gets easier for you (with better equipment), and a perk for them helping you out in the beginning. Get em down to $130 next year, $125 after that, etc. to get them where they really "should be."

    Hell if the year goes well and you pick up a better mower mid season, drop em a little as soon as you become more efficient.
     
  7. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Locqus charges his parents! I just remembered that from one of these threads here. That's hardcore.
     
  8. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes sir, thank you!
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  9. Locqus

    Locqus LawnSite Senior Member
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    ^^Ha. Yes! I do actually, they live in freaking South Lyon and every weekend I grab the truck every Sunday morning and drive the hour with a rig that gets 5mpg to cut their 3 acres lol. $60 bucks a cut, I do not make much, if anything. The free patio I am putting in for them will even out the cut charges too lol. Charge em all!!
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2014
  10. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Buy Pops a lawn tractor. I think you'll save money that way. My dad loves his tractor. Mowing grass at 1.3 mph. Thrilling.
     

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