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Anyone offer a discount

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GREENTIMEJG, Sep 28, 2007.


    GREENTIMEJG LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 33

    Does anyone offer a small discount for pre paid for the year accounts? I was thinking of that and just wondered how it worked out for someone that may have tried it.
  2. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    i would venture to say this wouldnt work, because there are so many sketchy unreliable landscaping / lawn care providers, maybe if you had an account for a few years and you proved yourself then it might work, it really depends on the customer...... in terms of discounts, i might offer a discount if a customer refers their neighbors, but by all means i never suggest discounts
  3. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 761

    I did this year. Home- owner offered to pay up front and I gave him about $150 discount. It helped me out and put a little extra $ in my account to start the year.
  4. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    We offer a ten percent discount for prepaying for the season. Not many take it, but it does help to have the cash at the beginning of the season.
  5. ferris_1972

    ferris_1972 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    I also have a 10% pre-pay discount. I have only about 4-5 customers per year that take me up on it. It is a good way to replenish the account after the no snow winters we have had the last couple of years.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I could probably offer 5% off any prepay but I can't see it working, too much for my feeble brain cell to deal with.

    I just throw in little extras when I have the time, prune up a bush, spray for weeds, just whatever I see needs doing take maybe 5-10 minutes and have a nice day. :waving:
  7. mdillon703

    mdillon703 LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Messages: 1

    We have started offering 3 discounts that can be aggregated.

    10% - contract discount - they pay a month up front and its billed to a credit card for a seasonal time commitment.

    10% - neighborhood discount (if we do 5 or more yards in the same neighborhood on the same day) - we let the neighbors have something to talk about

    5% - affinity discount (realtor, teacher, doctor, etc.) - this is good for word of mouth
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    it's too much pain on the taxes end..........
  9. Sweet Tater

    Sweet Tater LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,123

    I offer a $10 referal (birddog) fee
  10. scweedman

    scweedman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    I offer 5% if you pay before the end of the year. Thats the only time i do it
    because it can be alot to keep up with

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