wife wants to offer flower bed maintenance for my mowing customers but..

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Exact Rototilling, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    .....bed maintenance will be on a separate day independent of my route or schedule. She thinks $15 an hour is to much to charge. I think it not nearly.enough.

    Here are the facts .....we don't work well together and the lawn biz has been a thorn in her side for years....long story.

    I was surprised she even brought this up. She has a token job at my son's school. And really needs a real.summer job.

    She doesn't think things through and has a time clock mentality.

    I just don't want to have to assume her work if she bails on this at some.beat down rate.

    Fire away.
     
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  2. Patriot Services

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    Good idea in principle.
    Price way too low.
    She will tire of it quickly and pizz off the customer.
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  3. Exact Rototilling

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    Yup agreed
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  4. Patriot Services

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    Tell her to get a job at a local nursery that offers employee discounts.
    Another detail is flower beds need work well before June and after September.
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  5. Yup, $15/hr for any service is too low. At minimum, for one person I would charge $35/hour, but get more if you can. I also wouldn't make a separate trip to clean up beds unless it is something that will be an all day event....
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  6. Lefet2

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    A few quick thoughts that come to mind is how will she handle it when it gets hot? It all sounds good until you have to do it in 90 degree temps. Think you don't work well together now can you imagine what it'll be like in 90 degrees? If she bails out you will have to pick up where she leaves off since they are your regular accounts. Will you be able to add that into your schedule? Has she ever worked with you before in the biz? Can she take direction from you when your on the job? Is this easier for her to create a job with you instead of finding a summer job herself? And my final thought is 15 dollars an hour is not nearly enough.
     
  7. Patriot Services

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    Tell her you'd like to hire her but the guys at the Lawnsite He~man Woman Haters Club said "girls are the bunk!"
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  8. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
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    well i charge 40 so what dose that say?
     
  9. That you charge 40
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  10. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Great add on service, my daughter looks after all ours. Price for us is for the job, more then quoting a per/hr price, as that seems to scare people off around here.
     

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