Per Cut, Monthly, Yearly...What's your take on it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MDLawn, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    i dont have a new 50 thousand dollar pickup or new 50 thousand dollar dump truck


    Good point on not over buying equipment to keep costs down.
     
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    You actually charge less than $25 a yard? I don't care if I had an entire neighborhood with 400 houses I'd still charge 35-40/yard, your killing me, my truck and all but one mower are paid for as is all my handheld stuff and all the other crap I have, DANG maybe I am greedy? I just thought I was in business to make money.
     
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  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ok enough I promise. Do what works for you, I'm going to stick with charging monthly with the option for year round service. Weekly service March 1st thru Dec 1st, for the ones that don't want year round.
     
  4. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Greedy?? Not a chance.

    These guys prices (area dependent) are LOWER than prices 10 years ago!!! Believe me we were charging more than that 11 years ago. Everything has gone up except lawn mowing. Milk, gas, candy bars, vehicles, haircuts, etc.. I guess we can all just put our tails between our legs, lay down, and be put out to pasture.

    Here's the thing CP you had a well paying job before lawn and landscaping. Some guys come from $9/hr jobs and (not saying anyone here) any increase is great and you don't need much intelligence to pull a start cord and mow in a back and forth pattern. Then whack down the grass you couldn't cut with a mower and fire up a blower.

    Some have lower expectations of what they want in life and others like you and I have much higher ones. Some want a self employed JOB others want a business. Right now I have a self employed job. I want more than that.

    I'm done also. Back to my original topic.
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  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Some have lower expectations of what they want in life and others like you and I have much higher ones. Some want a self employed JOB others want a business. Right now I have a self employed job. I want more than that.

    I'm with you, I'm in the same boat as you,
     
  6. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    well going back to hrly rate what you expect say your rate is 60 an hr if I can cut that 25 dollar yard in 15 mintues or 20 mintues that in my opinion isn't being cheap or anything that's priced accordingly so why do you say ur 35 is set in stone
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  7. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Cause my market will bear it. I'm still bewildered with this I have low overhead so I will charge less theory? what kind of business sense does this make, lower overhead only means increased profit margin in my business class.

    back to schedule! my issue with per cut is in the spring when it rains for a week are you ok with losing money over something that you have no control over. It just seems like possible setup for failure especially if your just starting out and need to build up a cash reserve.
     
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  8. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    And that's a dumb statment because I'm sure you didn't start with 30 employees you prob started as a solo op which in ur words isn't a business
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  9. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You're speaking a foreign language to most.
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  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't recall saying a solo op isn't a business, the #of employees doesn't determine a legit business, I did start out a solo op and actualy only have three employees as of now, but I've always been insured licensed and a separate company bank account for business use only, no comingling of funds.
     

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