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Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by zechstoker, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So you should be at 40 by Sunday right? Lol
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  2. j-ville native

    j-ville native LawnSite Senior Member
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    if you don't hire anyone then you should raise your prices. It's basic economics. As demand for your services increases so should your prices. you need to make that cheddar baby
     
  3. vinnieobrien

    vinnieobrien LawnSite Member
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    I must say I wish that could happen to me. Lol and yeah I agree with jville. Dont jump 20 bucks but every new estimate you plan on taking on you should add a few bucks to ur personal profit. Cuase clearly ur doing well and people want your service over others. Just an idea.
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  4. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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    We're already one of the most expensive companies in the counties we service. If people want cheap, I direct them to someone else. If they want quality, they sign up with us because they've dealt with enough lowballers and learned the hard way. One of my customers that's been on service for a year complained to me today because we raised his bill accordingly. He saw the increase, and threatened to quit. I wasn't about to try and save the account. If he wants to quit, I'll gladly let him go so he can jerk around someone else.
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  5. vinnieobrien

    vinnieobrien LawnSite Member
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    yeahh... im in the stages where i take pretty much anyone (but i dont low ball. if i price myself according to my own expenses.) but right now there is no turning anyone away lol i want to grow to where i need more then one crew. i have one question for a business class assignment. how many one .75 acre yards do you think a 2 man crew can mow trim blow (with good quality) in one eight hour day? i need to write a business plan for a class and i might as well use one i want to do.
     
  6. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Honestly, I don't have an answer to the above question. It all depends on mower sizes, speeds, number and sizes of obstacles to work around, dimensions of the lawn(s) involved, number and sizes of trees, amount and frequency of debris and leafs cluttering areas, and so forth. Regardless of size, every job is going to take more or less time depending on numerous factors. Two of my accounts are the same size, but one takes twice as long 10 months out of the year, and 6 times as long 2 months out of the year.
     
  7. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
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    it depends on a few factors...first is travel time to each job...you need to get groups of 2 or more together at each stop...this is a very important goal to reach and maintain throughout the entire growth stage..keeping the route as tight as possible will make or break you...to answer your ? we currently have 3 rigs out with 3 guys on each...one is strictly a mow and go type (cheap 25.00 1/4 acre lawns) and they average 3 per hr. 24 per day 5 days a week..we dont run on weekends.... they are for family time ..my guys are mostly all married with kids and take their work a bit more seriously than some of the younger guys..and most have been with us many many years...running a lco can be tough,hard, ect...but it canalso be fun and rewarding.....all depends on you....have fun and good luck!! and remeber this...you dont work for your business...it works for you...
     
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  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Well to get to 40/week because most are bi weekly accounts I figure I need probably 70-80 accounts total,not quite by sunday but this year for sure if I can keep it going, honestly hadn't figured out all the logistics yet but I just keep going until I figure I can't do anymore then start trying to get my PT helper to go fulltime and just keep going, The one thing I figured out is to be constantly advertising and I mean constantly anywhere and everywhere.
     
  9. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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    No joke- The main thing that draws in all our business is our ad on Craigslist. 2nd to that is customer referrals, and 3rd is our website. I've heard on here numerous times that craigslist ads only attract lowballing customers, and aren't worth the time and effort of advertising there, but it really does work for us as 80% of our calls come from people who found us on Craigslist.

    It's like fishing: You gotta drop your line where the fish are at, and you have to use bait that's attractive and exotic (to the location). You're not going to catch any fish by tying a cup of water to your line. They have all the water they want where they're at. Give them something that nobody else is offering and is exactly what they want.
     
  10. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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