We got our first really big job

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by zippy-phil, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
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    I agree also don't start off by being cheap make a name for quality then you can get paid more than the other companies
    People don't always focus on price most of my customers focus on quality and the biggest thing is customer support I call back everybody the same day if there was a problem dead plant etc. I fix the problem ASAP we are in a service industry and that is the key great service. Price customers come and go look for the customers who want great service and supply it to them
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  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    You hope you remember everything? Bring a clipboard and write it down!

    Sounds like you're over your head and best to no-bid it until you have the knowledge/experience to do it properly.
     
  3. acculawnsystems

    acculawnsystems LawnSite Member
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  4. acculawnsystems

    acculawnsystems LawnSite Member
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    If you do not have a website to drive customers to, that's ok because we give you one when you sign up for acculawnsystems.com. Customers can go directly to your website and get and instant online quote based on you pricing. Only one LCO per area and they are going fast. See if your area is still available and receive a 30 day free trial with no obligation. Acculawnsystems.com and Acculawncare.com.
     
  5. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    I m not in business to survive.
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  6. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    $125 to pressure wash an 8 car driveway? Screw that.
     
  7. srlawn

    srlawn LawnSite Member
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    800 bucks right there.100 bucks a car. Time, wear and tear and washer, chemicals, gas, insurance....
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  8. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
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    ^^^^ This ^^^^

    I do not price my trucks based on $100 a day for gas but I do have an hourly cost for all the expenses and it is not much different.

    Do not install weed block from HD either as it is garbage compared to a nice heavy # 5 fabric. I do not use fabric under mulch. I use it under rock but not mulch. Just use more mulch to block the weeds.

    $25.00 an hour is a loser game and you will not make it.
     
  9. srlawn

    srlawn LawnSite Member
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    ^^could not agree more. However if you feel your time and quality is worth 25 an hr then price it that way. Just keep in mind that your setting the name of your company to customers as the cheap guy and looking like a thieving low balling arse hole to your competition. Keep your customers close and your competition closer.
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  10. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
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    When I was first starting out and I still some times will do this with clients is I would shoot them an hourly rate. This rate was typically 80.00 an hour for 2 guys but I think today it would be closer to 90.

    I would tell them I think it will be this many hours and I will not go over that amount. That is just for clean up. Let them know there will be a few hours off the job site to haul off the materials too.
     

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