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How much is just right to charge

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kjungo, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. bdensmore2009

    bdensmore2009 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    call around and find out what everyone else is charging and ether match it or go less thenit!...
  2. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    smart advice. we have a $35 min. we also pay insurance, and workmans comp. and taxes...and are legit.
  3. bdensmore2009

    bdensmore2009 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    So am I with alot of equipment to pay for. Every job bid is different, you have to account for and if the other companies have a license and if their insured. These days there are many landscape companies out there and most people now a day are looking for the best price... One other way is see how long it takes to get the job finished and time it by two. Nobody is going to get rich from mowing all you can hope for is once you work for someone and they see what kind of work you can do, they will always use you!!!!...
  4. kjungo

    kjungo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    thank you to the few helpful members and to you ignorant ones i'm willing to bet that i have more expericence running equipment like you could only dream of. I'm a Divison Supervisor for The Operating Engineers how many of you can say that when you were 21 years old????? none of you can
  5. bdensmore2009

    bdensmore2009 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm not so bad at driving myself. I've mowed hills with a scag tiger cub that some people won't do with a walk behind.
  6. kjungo

    kjungo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    some of these people on her are pathetic not willing to help a single soul with anything. especially some new guy who doesn't know a whole lot.maybe they never heard of the rule of 7 people where you help 7 people and they help seven and sometime when you need help there is someone there to help you
  7. ruffs

    ruffs LawnSite Member
    from md pa
    Messages: 74

    charge what you can charge. find how long it takes you what you want to make and charge that. if your unsure dont give a quote tell them you will do it and see how long it takes and then you can tell them a price if they dont like it and you cant go any lower say sorry i can satisfy you and move on. it comes down to what your worh to them.
  8. kjungo

    kjungo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    thanks ruff's i really am thankful i found some help
  9. Reliable Lawn Care

    Reliable Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    At 21 I was a Petroleum Products Relocation Engineer!!!! Gotcha!

    Yep, just pumped gas !!!

    So what are you, a math teacher? Just Curious
  10. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    When I started my business a was a high school grad with no degree on nothing yet I had a pretty good idea about how much to charge for my services if you are so smart why this would be so difficult to figure out.
    If you have a degree or feel are smarter than the average people why you don't realize that your question is so vague that to have an answer one would have to know many things you don't describe.
    There's many people in this forums that would be willing to help but you have to change your attitude and approach.

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