Lowballers and others....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by meets1, May 3, 2013.

  1. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    It sure does but at the same time, working 5hrs in this line of work would have yielded a solid $400 if not more for me to do the work.
  2. pineymountain

    pineymountain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    to be fair, in that $160 was a clean-up for a friend that was way underpriced. Yes, I don't charge enough but it is somewhat by design.
  3. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,021

    Why is it by design?
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    with your full time job its better then you think
    Pay your benefits with what you made in 5hrs see what you have then

    You need get up in market value
    I have few Res. lawns takes a hour I make 120
    Has nothing to do with Com. accounts
    I can mow only, in 5hrs on Res and make 400-500 depending the day of the week.

    Not being rude but people like you Mowing for extra money kills a LCO that's making a living at this
    You wouldn't like me come take over your teaching for less pay.
  5. pineymountain

    pineymountain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    haha- you are making more than I am making teaching then... including benefits. Thats why I am leaving the profession- when people can make more money cutting grass than I can with all of my degrees, training, certifications, and political headaches, it is time to get the hell out.
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    There is knowing and then there is knowing.

    One does not have to know what one company's bid was to know what companies in your area charge to do jobs.

    Example, your cost is $50 because you work out of your garage, no commercial shop overhead.

    So you charged $100 and made $50 profit.

    Now the other company's costs are $90. They normally get $190 to $220 to the job. They make $100 to $130 profit.

    You lost out or as the saying goes, you left $90 to $120 of extra profit on the table.

    Even if you market niche is to be the low price LCO if you did the job for $175 to be the low bidder you could of made $125.

    Instead you low ball and drive your local area prices down.

    I wish I was that wealthy to be able to leave large chunks of profit on the table.

  7. Tunica

    Tunica LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    How do you know what others charge. Please tell Me if you know how..and I'll come in 1% lower on every quote in the county!
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Call them and ask
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  9. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,021

    Yeah I woud quit too. With all of your degrees you should be much smarter than some of these guys who have been doing this for 20 years or more. They probably don't even know what their talking about.

    One of the best ways to make alot of $ in this biz is to underbid all of these guys that have been doing it for years and take their customers. It really is just that easy. If you base your business model on that you should get alot of customers and make 2-3x what you make teaching.:laugh::laugh::laugh:
  10. pineymountain

    pineymountain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I never said anything about people not knowing what they are talking about. why would i say that?

    nevermind- misread your post.
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    Last edited: May 8, 2013

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