When does solo pricing become too much money?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by caseysmowing, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Senior Member
    from Raleigh
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  2. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The price for the job was preset from the guy I bought a business from at 1800. I put on about 60 hours her full time employee had around 20 hours in helping me. Some of my 60 hours were from my brother that helps me sometimes but I had 45 of my own hours in. I did the math the other day I forget the numbers.

    I'm with you Darrell I bust ass to get all of mine done weather it is by the hour or set price. I load and unload my leaf loader by myself in minutes no a easy task for 150 lb guy. I do around 7500 of leaves solo and part time. I'm tired and just two more to go. Good night.
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  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    Good night. Man hours are man hours ans customers are customers. Go figure.
     
  4. grasscutter24

    grasscutter24 LawnSite Member
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    I wish I could get that kind of $$ for a 5 acre property of leaves. Around my way that price is very steep. If you can get it good for you! What you don't want to do is price yourself out of getting other work from the account or losing it all together. Not being a smart... but I have to say 80hrs for a 5 acre property doesn't sound right, even doing it solo.
     
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    The way to get good money is to charge a little extra each mowing.
     
  6. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Trust me it's a 80 hour job!! The only thing that would make it quicker is a bigger vac and truck. 5 acres is nothing it's the 500 plus bushes that need to be cleaned out twice. I don't think I mentioned the 80 hours is for two clean ups.
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  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    This is my favorite part of cleanups :laugh:. We have properties with juniper and very mature Rhodi's. We call them garbage collectors, we get at least 2-3 hoppers of leaves from them alone.
     
  8. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yep. For the customers with many leaves, I mow weekly into November. Once the ground gets to damp and soft for my bigger mowers I schedule the final clean up. I get extra money from the surcharge on the weekly mowings and final cleanup. It is a win-win for everyone, the customer gets a decent looking yard throughout the fall. I get to pocket some extra cash from the mowings and the final clean up is made alot easier as the bulk of the leaves are already gone. It is just a matter of blowing out the beds and some other areas and throwing them in the back of a dump trailer. I turn down many leaf jobs from people that do absolutely nothing with the leaves until the leaves are all down and call wanting them all cleaned up at once. I am usually priced too high for those types of jobs, so why bother. Those types of people in my area are not the type of customers I want. Good customers want a decent looking yard throughout the fall. I don't need someone telling me to stop servicing their property at the first frost and then calling me a month later for a large cleanup, then complaining about the price when it would of been cheaper just to have me mow for another month.
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