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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ubirajara83, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. ubirajara83

    ubirajara83 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    People that have contracts you charge them per cuts? What happens when you only mow 2 times per month are you still charging the per cuts? Or do you just give them a flat fee
  2. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    A per cut contract stipulates that the customer is charged only for the cuts made.
  3. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    A per month contract states you get the same amount every month.
  4. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    If you have to skip a week because its too dry or pouring for three days your customer still pays?
  5. TurfDesign Eric

    TurfDesign Eric LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    the other option nobody seems to think about is PRE-PAID. offer the customer a discount if they pay for the season in advance, it doesn't have to be much, but make them see the value in it. This will give you operating capitol before the season starts. I'm not saying you have to offer this to every customer but the percieved added value to the custmer will go a long way, & commercial accounts are always monthly or per cut.
  6. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    contracted for 27 cuts a season for a fixed price
  7. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    Yes, it's not your fault the weather does not cooperate. If the weather interfers with you cutting them. Just get to them as soon as possible than get them back on the regular schedule next time around.
  8. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Never ever charge per cut. We are in FL, charge a monthly fee. There is a reason most people on here charges per cut and not a flat fee, no one will want to pay the lawn guy when they get 4 feet of snow. I would guess you mow every week in summer and every other in winter? Base it on that and charge a flat rate. There will always be some skips, right now we are in our slowest month of the year. I probably skipped 40 lawns in the last week. Its just the way it is. Once you know your customers you will get to know the ones that wont care if you skip when its not needed and the idiots that are happy if you ride the mower around (skip edging and weedeating) and blow off the driveway.
  9. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    52 weeks of a perfectly manicured soft scape.
  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    if i where in florida, man id be all over that deal, but here its a hard sell, although i have gotten some to go the rout of a 30cut contract fot the year, here it is really a hard sell....Florida Rocks..... year round green :)

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