Thankful For Your Family…. Business?
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Raised most of mine 5 bucks a piece due to the gas situation this summer, now i have a min of $30.00, all my customers were fine except for one, the single doctor who lives in the $400,000 house and drives the Lexus, go figure.
Yup I'm doing the same. I wouldn't let customers know that it is related to the rising gas cost. Will you lower them when gas goes back down??? Better to just say due to the rising cost of doing business...........
I did the same this year... $30 minimum. A fair amount of our accounts are under 5000 sqft too. Had to do it. Everything is going up.. salaries, fuel, insurances, gotta pass the buck to make a buck. We retained over 95% of contracts we sent out. The ones we lost and chose not to renew have already been replaced and more continue to roll our way.
Yup I'm doing the same. I wouldn't let customers know that it is related to the rising gas cost. Will you lower them when gas goes back down??? Better to just say due to the rising cost of doing business.......
<b>Yeah i said gas but i also said price of equipment and just plain trying to stay competitive with everyone else. I dont think they mind the gas thing, we all know its never going back down to what it used to be.</b>
I have almost all of my customers at a comfortable price right now. I only had to raise the price on1-2 accounts this year. One guy had some landscaping put in that now requires extra mow and trim time, so I had to compensate for that. The other has a ditch in the back that she now wants trimmed.....extra $5.
I had a few of my accounts add 5 dollars on their own, they said "Frosty here is an extra $5, gas has gone up so much are you going to stay in business. I told them yes I am. I went up $5 per account this year and most of my accounts understand. GOOD LUCK AND GOD SPEED TO ALL!!!!
I only wish I could afford to raise prices! Man, if i could get $30 for 5000 sq ft. I'd feel like I was in heaven - Turfdude, treasure what you've got!
Things are so bad here with the economy and saturated market that you're LUCKY to get $18 for 5000 sq ft. And if you raise that 50 cents to cover gas or cost of living, etc..... They"ll fire you in a second (mainly because there's about 300-400 LCOs trying to work in one little section of the city that's got a population of about 30,000) - there's a scrub, lowballer or college kid just waiting to take the account. Try to remind these people that you're insured, pay taxes and pay into the very social security system that sends them a check every month (unlike most scrubs) and they could care less - 50 cent cheaper is 50 cents cheaper! It sucks.
I've been in this business for 25 years and in the same market the whole time too. It used to be great, but now, every out of work Joe with a pick-up and a lawnmower has a lawn service (while collecting unemployment on the side!) - it's getting hard to complete. I've had commerical bids tell me I was 2 times higher than the next highest bid (and those were prices I would have quoted 6-8 years ago). This is the only business that I know of that you can get work done for the same price (if not cheaper!) than you could 10 years ag0. Sorry for the rant/vent - had to get it off my chest.
I only wish I could raise my prices to cover gas costs - for now I'll just have to eat it just to keep my client base.
Jason if any of your clients give a s*** about you then they will understand, heck i had one client actually offer to pay me an extra 5 bucks and another laugh and say " i was wondering when you would get around to charging what the rest of them do"