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Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by FitzRightMowingService, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. OP
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    FitzRightMowingService

    FitzRightMowingService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Cost for driving will be added for sure.
     
  2. OP
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    FitzRightMowingService

    FitzRightMowingService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Update:

    I put a bid in for $700 and it was accepted. Now comes the fun part when I ask was it over or underbidded!
     
  3. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 6,704

    Under if it's still a 2 day job. 4 hours is wrapped up in driving too boot.

    You should make some money. You just left a few hundred on the table. I like to keep my solo day rate above $500.
     
  4. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Senior Member
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    Keep us posted on how this works out for you
     
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    FitzRightMowingService

    FitzRightMowingService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Wrapped up the job today I did 7 hours on day one then had to skip a day due to it being to cold. Spent 2 hours finishing up so all in all it was good job and I gained more experience for the future. I might be getting a call in spring for mulching!
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  6. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
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    What's too cold to work? Never heard of that before.
     
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    FitzRightMowingService

    FitzRightMowingService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    I was working on an acre in the middle of the woods and the forecast called for a high of 25 degrees. The previous day was about 35 windy and cold as hell.
     
  8. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 6,704

    That's barely cold enough to make ice let alone call off work.

    At 9 hours in you didn't make a killing but you shouldn't have lost money.
     
  9. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 12,313

    Why such a difference or any change at all?

    Your hourly rate should be fixed. Your business should bring in the same money per hour you're working no matter who is working or what you're doing.

    Mowing $75 a man hour.
    Shrub trimming $75 a man hour
    Leaf Cleanup $75 a man hour
    Snow Removal $75 a man hour.

    $75 a man hour is an example and shouldn't be taken literal.
     
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    FitzRightMowingService

    FitzRightMowingService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Actually water freeze at 32°. I'm not one to quit working if I don't have to. My back was killing from all the cutting I had to do plus my hands and feet were cold as heck. I'm happy with the turn out and the client was as well.... so I don't have any complaints at all.

    First year in the business and I have come to realize that quoting a job at the right price is the hardest thing to do. When it comes to mowing I can give a price with no issue at all. Thanks again for your input.

    I get what you are saying. I will give it a try and see if a customer bites.
     
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