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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by supperdude16, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. supperdude16

    supperdude16 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Some of the prices I charge people I didn't quote them, because this landscaping company called me from my Craigslist ad and said they moved out of state and I took on some of their accounts. We used the same rates for what they were charging each property, if that makes sense. (This company used a zero turn)
     
  2. Jdottinger1

    Jdottinger1 LawnSite Member
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    Do you have insurance? I know in Tn no commercial property will even consider you unless you have insurance and are legit. You planning on paying taxes? Commercial properties are going to turn in what they paid you to the govt. if you get a big commercial job they may make sure you have workers compensation.
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  3. supperdude16

    supperdude16 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Oh okay, Thanks for the information. May I ask what one of those big commercial jobs pay each time you come? Or do they pay a year up front or something?
     
  4. Jdottinger1

    Jdottinger1 LawnSite Member
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    Each one is different. Depends on what they want, obviously the essentials(cut,trim, edge, blow) but you can also add leave removal, mulch replenishing, and some other things like pruning and such. Bidding a job seems easy until you have to do it the first couple times and screw yourself out of time and money. Most clients send a check at the end of the month. I'm just now starting my own business but I've running a small company for the past 3 years. I've learned time is money, you're getting yards in the same area and that's great just try to get them all in the same day to cut down drive time.
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  5. briansprowl

    briansprowl LawnSite Member
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    Do you go after cabin rental companies at all?
     
  6. briansprowl

    briansprowl LawnSite Member
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    That question is for jdotinger.
     
  7. Jdottinger1

    Jdottinger1 LawnSite Member
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    We did last year and it turned into a nightmare. Dropped them. Now most of our clients are VRBO's(vacation rental by owner), so no middle man to go through. Much better. Some cabin companies are trying to keep it all in house and make their maintenance men cut the yards.
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  8. supperdude16

    supperdude16 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just to chime in here, feel free to talk about whatever I dont care lol. But you guys were getting on me about quoting so low soo... today I was quoting a ladies yard. 1/2 acre for $50 bi weekly. (Mow, Trim & Blow) She accepted and I'll start tomorrow.

    Tomorrow morning at 6:30am I am mowing my employer's property (It'll be about the third time now) I use his equipment and mine. he pays me hourly, we haven't talked about it but it is probably pretty obvious what I am doing with my spare time because of having two lawn mowers in my truck. lol

    Also, I got wind of a landscaper that might need help who goes that place of work where I mow and I actually got very good details. Got his name and his phone number and my manager told me to call him and say his name. The story behind this is that it was Dean's business (the guy who I should call). Dean didn't want to do it anymore. Dean gave the accounts to his Nephew. His nephew most of given the accounts to Dean's son, because Dean's son now does the business. It sounds like they want out of it and want to dump off their accounts. I am hoping they give me some! This could be a big game changer and a walk behind in my pocket :)
     
  9. supperdude16

    supperdude16 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I called Dean and Dean said to me he's going to get back to me.
     
  10. briansprowl

    briansprowl LawnSite Member
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    Great. Make sure you get a scheduling software or some way to keep up with accounts. It will make your life a lot easier.
     

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