Next year looking ....Down?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eggy, Dec 12, 2001.

  1. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just wondering if the slow down in Americans spending has made it your way yet......I just got off the phone with a supervisor at a local factory who said we have to cut a lot including the grounds maintence budget..this yes we are looking to the lowest bid. Kinda scary .......We never are a low bid...we have always sold on quality and value.....just wondering what you guys are seeing....
     
  2. Pauls Mowing

    Pauls Mowing LawnSite Member
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    More work in '02, sez the boss. We added another tractor and 3, 3 point hitch mowers. All indications are we will double this years business.

    Pedal to the metal!!

    Paul
     
  3. I just recently read an artical that said the opposite.

    People are more inclined to cut out the other services then the lawn. Pinch on the spending on things they don't need. Travel less. ETC...........

    They most likely will not cut out the lawn care. For any type of biz or home owner it is the cheapest part of the upkeep.

    It's usaly the last thing to get chopped from a budget. It's a choice between buying the equipment and then figuring out how to use or apply it, or having some one do it correctly and guarantee their work.
     
  4. stick9

    stick9 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    Yeah .. that's a good point ... I mean, how can someone put a price tag on their life? Who wouldn't rather spend a little money each month and have someone else do all the hard work out in the beating sun and 100 degree days! I would most certainly pay the cash .. even if it means I can't get those cheese doodles that I just love every week!



    STick-nine
     
  5. Andy Miller

    Andy Miller LawnSite Member
    Posts: 28

    My experience with big business is for them to downsize their in house staff and contract for service. It looks better on their books, less staff means less benfits cost. It is cheaper in the long run to severance people to save bucks. They will look for the cheap bid and expect nothing less in quality.
     
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    for us business was better this year, and kept improving right up to the last leaf cleanup(done today) i raised prices on most services, and it didnt seem to matter what price we gave, we got the job.
     
  7. 2 man crew

    2 man crew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 403

    I have not seen any change in growth and I'm not expecting a one this year. But thank god I do lawn care or i would be out of shape and fat just like some of my cust..........................

    oh shoot I mean we are the last to go thank god!
     
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Things haven't slowed much here, I got a new res and a commercial heating and cooling company to mow for next year after my season ended. It does still seem like spring here too.
     
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Many people have been conditioned to not cut grass. They want someone to do it. The computer generation coming up will be even better for us. Many of these never get outside, to busy with video games. Many kids these days don't even know what work is.

    Single women with young kids are not going to cut either. Daddy never had them do any hard work, so they aren't going to start now.

    Market is there, its just everybody thats buying a mower without a clue that hurts prices. Just gotta keep thinking future. :)
     
  10. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,027

    About a month back I saw a segment on CNN, and they said one of the only industries that was still booming was the home improvement industry. Home retailers like Home Depot and Lowes are still turning hefty profits. This is good news. While people may be shying away from frivolous spending, they are still putting money into they're homes and properties. What we do in this industry, has become more of necessity than a luxury. I dont expect a drop off at all. My business has gotten a little bigger each year. I expect no different from 2002.
     

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