Need help with this bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by birddseedd, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are you solo?
     
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    For the most part, but i can get help when i need it. i plan on being more adamant about doing so on big projects every time.
     
  3. lawnworker

    lawnworker LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think you were the one that lost a customer last year by under performing. I would let this one go. I don't think you are ready to take on a place like this. I know i am not as a solo ope rater. I think they are going to expect way too much for what figures have been quoted.

    OrangeMower how in the world could you be profitable at $52.00 per cut?
     
  4. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    na. the one i lost last year was because the grass was dry. the lady actualy showed me a picture of her grass a year earlier. looked great. she had no reason to fire me, i mowed her weeds when she asked. she actually complained that the weeds grew back.

    apparently she does not understand that grass needs water to grow. unless ur in cali.
     
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    if 5 guys can get it done in 20 minutes. lets say 3 of these thats...

    156 an hour
    - 40 labor (8 an hour (i personally wont do less than 10))
    = 116 profit an hour after labor
     
  6. lawnworker

    lawnworker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Oh okay, I would bundle up some services on this one and offer it for some set monthly fee that pays you, even if it gets real dry.
     
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 13,847

    That's not right either. You have to factor in all your operating costs into that chunk you call profit. The final number won't be anywhere near that, especially since it sounds like you need new (and probably more) equipment to be aBle to make sure you can handle this account in a timely manner.
     
  8. lawnworker

    lawnworker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Then count munchie time, bathroom breaks, truck cost, equipment for five workers, insurance, repairs, office space, etc.
     
  9. TFLE

    TFLE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 289

    Comp insurance, taxes, accountants fees, downtime.... I would like to know what the number really is.
     
  10. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,134

    It all sounds good on paper....at first
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