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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cessnasovereign, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    So, I've been talking to a few people I currently work with to see who does their yards.. This one woman and her sister both have about 2 acres, and are getting it done for $35!!! Is it just me, or is that crazy cheap? I plan on doin 1/3 and 1/4 acres for that! How long would that take one person on a Z turn? Saying it is mostly flat and not too many trees?

    Also, what % of your residential customers, signed a one year contract?
  2. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    Also, my current boss paid his landscaper $800 for a cleanup last year, there is a bunch of tall brush (5 ft tall), that's probably 400 feet by 20 feet patch, the guy cut is down but didn't keep it trimmed like he asked so I'm thinking about trying to cut it back down. Any suggestions? I don't know if I'm equipped for this or not. Do you need some type of special brush cutter?
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah well I know this one guy quoted like 60 dollars for this 600-dollar tree to cut it down, but what the lady didn't know is since she had to leave, she went ahead and paid him, left, and never saw him again.

    The tree is still standing.

    Moral of the story: Wear tall hipboots.
  4. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    100% of ALL my clients sign contracts, res or comm.
  5. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    Cool. So you have definete income during the winter.. What all do you do in the winter? Provided there is no snow, just not much growth?
  6. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    All our customers sign contracts, they are jsut informational tho , roughly 50-100 pay up fromt for the season based on 26 weeks of cutting, they have to pay in full by june 1st .

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