It finally worked!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nobagger, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I bid a couple of spring clean ups and followed some of your advise and added $100-$150.00 more to the estimate and I got them. ;)
    Do you think that being too low sometimes can be as bad as being too high?
  2. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,794

    Being too low is actually worse. Always bid a job to make money .
  3. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    More than once I have told potential customers that I am not the cheapest in town but my work is quality.

    More than once their response has been, "You get what you pay for"

    So yes, I think you can be too low.

    On a side note, I have bid jobs too low before by mistake. And, let me tell you when you do that you are just not motivated to do a good job. Every minute you spend there you feel like you are losing money.

    On the flip side, when I bid the job so that I am making good money, I just feel better. And, when I feel better I know I do better work. I am not as rushed and I am more enthusiatic about doing quality work.

    This may not be the "right" way to do things. You should ALWAYS do good work I know. But, I just can't help what I feel.

    So now I always bid to make good money. I am happy and the customer is ALWAYS happy with the results.
  4. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    TN, I know exactly what your talking about. In my first year I know i bid some jobs low only to gain customers, which is typical for most. But this year being in only my second year I've learned my lessons!!!! I will not work just to work and break even or even loose money anymore!
  5. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    You are 100% correct about underbidding and not being enthused about being there. I remember my first month in biz losing my arse BAD on one. A 200 yard that after 19 hours I actually started to walk away from it and tell the client they owed me nothing. But I refused to roll over and finished it after another 6 hours and the client was pleased with my work. Should have been, was a 750 job at least! Man, ever time I think about that one I get po at myself!
  6. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    I think we've all been there. Here's another way of looking at it. Some people pay for college to get edjucated, I consider a poorly bid job as paying for my edjucation. It helps ease the pain.
  7. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    It's funny how that works, but I know what you mean. I used to be a frozen/dairy manager at a grocery store. One time I was able to buy bags of generic frozen french fries for pennies on the dollar. Adding our normal retail mark-up of about 30%, they only retailed at like 49 cents a bag or something. Couldn't sell them at all. Raised the price to 99 cents and they sold like hot cakes. I guess people thought there was something wrong with them.

    Dave :waving:

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