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Charging residential customers like commercial accounts....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alpine692003, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Hmmm.. I'm trying a new service for residential customers, I'm billing them like a commercial account..

    ie) weekly lawn service, 2 - 3 times gardenbed weeding, pruning of shrubs 1 - 2 times a year, fertilizing your lawns 3 - 5 times a year, you know all the commercial service accounts..

    I've already locked two customers down for $180 a month + tax.. I find that If I get more of these $180 a month customers, I will have more work and steady cash flow..

    Because I've lost a lot of one time customers because they only wanted to trim their hedge once a year and get someone else try other stuff for them..

    I want to try this service package for the year of 2005, I guess we'll see..

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  2. CJ GreenScapes

    CJ GreenScapes LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 249

    The majority of my accounts are set up that way. Works for me...

    Good luck!
  3. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Ya man, I find that if you were to do that method you would make much more $$$ ..

    ie) $180 x 10 customers a month = $1800
    $180 x 20 = 3600 a month!
  4. studentlawn

    studentlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    You are forgetting time in your equation.....
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I think the idea is to get ongoing for sure work and forget the one time crap, thats where his time will go.
  6. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Yah, time is a factor but then that will leave you the option of only having ONE TIME accounts.. ie) hedge trimming once / twice a year @ $300-500?

    I mean, I'm realizing this one time stuff is not getting anywhere.. I'm going to try and push for the full service accounts and charge residentials like commercial accounts..

    May it be $180 a month, 150 or 200!
  7. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    $180 / month wouldn't cut it here in MN, no pun intended. My minimum is $250, without shrub pruning.

    BUT, as has been said MANY times on this board....

    If you're making money, and you're happy with the money you're making, good luck to ya!!
  8. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Ya, I dont think the $250 a month could work over here..

    Over here, we only use 21" mowers, lawns take about under 30mins, sometimes even only 10mins of lawn work for $20..

    Most of my lawns average the $25 - $30 lawns..
  9. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    WOW, I'm loving this feature already.

    I have 3 customers that have signed on with the $180 service. So that's $560 a month so far, thats like rent for a month :)

    I want to get 7 more to make it an even 10!
  10. billc

    billc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    How did you calculate the amount to charge each month?

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