Wasting time on quotes?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by YotaNate, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. YotaNate

    YotaNate LawnSite Member
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    This is my first year getting into the business, and I have landed a few clients already. But my comment is about all the posts complaining spending too much time on quotes. Before I became a farmer, I worked as an estimator in the commercial construction industry. I spent anywhere from 4 hours to 2 weeks on a quote, and my success rate was around one out of every 30 or so. So don't get discouraged. It is the same in every industry, and if you put in the work, you will eventually reap the benefits.
     
  2. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    Selling and quotes are just part of the job and should be considered as overhead. Just time that has to be payed for.
    I believe that most that complain about the building stage are also the ones that sell work at $20.00 per lawn and don't realize all the extras it takes to run a business. Pay little attention to them as they will be the ones that go away before the year is out
     
  3. kosty

    kosty LawnSite Member
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    yea well i tryed to price to my opperation costs and ppl dont want to pay around here. I did 10 estimates, and only one agreed for 18 dollars on less then an 1/4 acre and then he called me back today and said that his grandson will mow his lawn. Which I think is a line a bs, i just plain and simplely lost it to the guy from last year that was doing it for 16.50. bc thats where he was stating that he was charged last year and showed the contract. i explained that i offerd edging once a month and he agreed to 18.00 signed contract and also agreed to a spring clean up for 80 dollars bc it hasnt been cleaned since last year still old leaves and fallen trees in the lawn. every other qoute is the same way I was well over priced. Even at 18 im still to expensensive.
     
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    Dont give up, the good accounts are out there, just keep at it and you will find them. I see your from Rochester. Do you know Steve? He is like 19 or 20 and does about $2million a year, thats what he says anyway.
     
  5. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Imagine if you didn't have any estimates to do, lol.
     
  6. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yea, Free time does not pay well, does it:laugh:
     
  7. THKitty1

    THKitty1 LawnSite Member
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    Two solid weeks (not including "prospect time") every season of filling out contracts, typing letters, stuffing, sealing and stamping envelopes. Printing and folding THOUSANDS of flyers (actually Office Max does that :) ), then becoming a contortionist to stuff them into mailbox flags. It always feels like a pipe dream, until the phone calls start rolling in...
    Keep your head up, there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
     
  8. kosty

    kosty LawnSite Member
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    theirs no vision at the end of the tunnel, except working for the same bucks u can be making at walmart with less head aches, less work, and a guaranteed paycheck every week with out thinking will this moron pay me or did i just mow it for the hell of it. Maybe in hollywood or in multi millon dollar house area's you can make some money but not mowing suburban or city yards.
     
  9. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 LawnSite Member
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    So I assume this all means that you will not be giving me estimates?
     
  10. soccer911

    soccer911 LawnSite Member
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    There is know way I'm going to unload my trailer for $18.00 for 1/4 ac. yard. My minimum is $30.00 per yard. In Texas to many yards need to be mowed to worry about deadbeats!

    Good Luck
     

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