Anyone else barter?????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jon99, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. Jon99

    Jon99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I currently mow a lot for a car dealership every couple of weeks, takes me about 30 minutes each time.. In return, they change the oil in both of our vehicles the entire year...

    I mow two yards, both 12K SQF yards, for two guys that sided our house in April (I paid for the material)...

    And I mow another yard, again about 12K SQF, for a guy thats done some electrical work for me....
  2. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    i do similar...
    I mow about 45 yards...all for people that give me benjamins in return.

    Does that count?

  3. Blk94fiveOh

    Blk94fiveOh LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 112

    I'm in the process of bartering some work for a boat that one of my customers has. I've also trimmed a customers lawn for an almost full 12X250' roll of geogrid that was forgot at his house by a landscape company the previous year. (thats all he wanted for it) Barting can be great.
  4. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I do my accountants pruning for my acounting work every year.
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    I exchange services with my accountant and my sign guys.Everything is always on the record , though. Money exchanges both hands, just not as much as a normal charge...
  6. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    When you do barter, just make sure you take into account ALL your costs, not just your labor cost. Ive seen this all too many times.
  7. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Since I do a bunch of houses on a golf course. I pick up a ton a golf balls. (to keep from breaking windows). I fill a 5 gallon bucket in 2 months. I trade a buddy at the fire house a 5-gallon bucket of balls to detail my truck. Two 6-gallon buckets to detail the two cars. He is happy, I am happy. His wife isn't, since he will be at the golf course now and not spending time at work detailing more cars. Takes all year to get the balls. He does one every couple of months when I fill a bucket.

    I trade a lot of work for equipment, or for other work. I brush hogged my barber's 2 acre field for a year worth of free hair cuts.

    Its all none taxable income.
  8. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 835

    2 acre fields for haircuts for a year. I only get 6 haircuts a year at $10 each. How much are you paying down there.
  9. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    I mow for a customer who owns some townhouses in Destin Fla. I just swap work for a weeks stay.
  10. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I forgot to state thats 1 hair cut per month for both me and my dad. $10 per cut, plus $2.50 tip. So 24 hair cuts is $240 a year, plus tips which would be another $60. It only took 3 hours to cut the field. So $300 worth of free hair cuts for 3 hours of work. Not a bad deal. You can't beat $100 an hour. Once again, he is happy and I am happy (along with my father)

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