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Mowing for free - shelters, non profits, seniors, etc...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Holland, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 748

    Any you guys help your communities or fellow man that dosent have the funds to pay? I appreciate those who do give back to those who need and can't afford lawn care! Good job guys!!
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  2. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I have a customer that I was charging $85.00 per month. Her husband died over the winter and when I started cutting in the spring she paid me $75.00. I didn't say anything. I just keep it at $75.00 per month.
  3. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    A little, my church usually has someone in need. I go to a church that runs 1k on Sunday. So there is always someone. I was a member of Sertoma, but they about work you to death, or the chapter I was in did.
  4. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    I plow a local church for free and just charge them for the salt or if we get a large amount of snow. I've plowed it 4 times so far this year and only charging them for 1 plow and 2 salts ( only salted for days they have service ), the other times i let the snow film melt.
  5. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    Yes but you have to limit it or you will go broke. They have to pay something even if it’s less.
  6. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,224

    i have never done anything for free for one of my customers. I usually just work with them on payments. Had a couple people ask me if they could do payment plans. My one really good friends mom whose yard i cut and did the mulch this year, his dad passed away when we were young and his mom is working to try and put 2 kids through school and still has 2 more to go through school. We worked out a plan where i billed her for the mulch and she made 2 payments on that, then i only billed her twice for grass cutting mid summer when the drought hit and at the end of the season and she made payments on what she could do. Shes gotten me 4 more lawn care customers since then and some other work. Most of us have maybe 90% of our customers who make good money and dont have many problems and have no problem paying each billing cycle but some of the people who appreciate your work the most and are always saying thank you are the people who you help out just my 2 sense
  7. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,739

    Never got into it (free). Maybe if the right situation comes along, who knows? I have it in my mind that every time i pull out, i'm spending $, so it's free to them, but you're paying them (in expenses) to cut their grass.
  8. D&F lawnmaster

    D&F lawnmaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    There is a place in my town that helps women not to abort their baby. These ladys work for free there so i decided I could keep their lawn free. I cannot count how many new customers i have got from doing this lawn free. It takes me and my guys thirty minutes to do it. We do this lawn every week.
  9. lawnman24949

    lawnman24949 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    We cut a lawn that is a hospice house for free. It is a pretty small lawn and is around about 15 other lawns we cut in a 1 mile radius.
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,938

    I always look for a freebie each season. They are my choice. I have never had anybody come to me and ask for "free service."

    There are always opportunities, an elderly widow that clearly doesn't have much cash, others who I want to help eliminate the grass cutting from their "to do" list. The jobs are so easy for me, but such a problem for these folks. Everybody gets the same service, pay, or no pay. It is not something I advertise, and make clear that our arrangement is just between the two of us. It is easy to spot those in need, and those who might want to take advantage.

    For those posting here concerned about being "a problem," relax. This is one thing that we can do for others, giving to those in need that is so easy for us. Thinking that adding one customer is going to break us is having a very limited view of our business. We all have the potential of being in a situation when we need help, especially as the years pass.

    The bonus monies at the end of the year far exceed the costs to me for adding somebody to the list gratis. But, that is not the reason I choose to do the work.

    This is a no-brainer for me, and am distressed that others think it to be a burden. Are we really this selfish? If so, we need to step back 50 steps and take a look at the big picture. If we can do this work, we should be thankful that we have a business, we have an income, and that we are physically able to work. Many others are not afforded these opportunities.

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