Got a job offer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kbota, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Kbota

    Kbota LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Potential customer has 5 acres. He has offered me $250 per mowing. It's mostly flat, but has large ditches. Not a bad slope, but wet. There's also a pond that needs weed eating. Lots of trees, and shrubs to trim around. No sidewalks to trim.

    I know there's a ton of variables, but does this sound reasonable? I can see spending a full day here. Just looking for input.

  2. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    DO IT, hes buying you new a nice new ztr this year
  3. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,754

    I wouldn't.

    250 for 8 man hours is very low.
    I wouldn't let a customer tell me how much he's going to pay. It's my job to set the rate...he can accept it or he can't.
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,563

    Doubt it's 8 man hours. 5 acres isn't big
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  5. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    hes right, i have no idea how long 5 acres would take me even with a brand new 60"
    ask for 300

    I was hungry for the 250 weekly work. i would really consider it
  6. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    After you do it once the guy will say to do it every other week!
  7. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    a little under $30 an hour if it takes you 8 hours to cut....I would jump on it if you need the money and have idle time. Cut that time in half and you are up to almost 60 an hour. You have the potential to make 500 to a thousnd a month off of one property. For 4ish days worth of work. Sounds like the perfect account for a new guy.
  8. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,336

    Go for it if you've got a 60" or larger zero turn. Less than that I'd be hesitant.
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    $250.00 isn't bad really. Guys are pushing it down to 20-25 and acre now around us and it kills us when we push for 60.00/acre.

    But, I would definitively look it over good first to make sure $350.00 isn't a better price due to exponential weed eating and PITA stuff.

  10. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    Probably 2 hours of mowing and 2 hours weed eating

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