My first job....

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Ravenwood Landscaping, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. Ravenwood Landscaping

    Ravenwood Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I'm still laughing about it. We did our first job today. A corner townhouse mulch job and clean-up. Our initial thought was charge $100 for materials and 1 hour of work. Well, we're definitely rookies to the bidding process. We spent $84 on materials and took 4 man hours. So we made about $3.75/hr each!

    The good part is the client was thrilled and is going to refer us to everyone she knows. While we were working all of her neighbors were watching to see what we were doing, so hopefully that will bring in more clients. BUT at a little bit more profitable price. We're calling it our "First customer discount".

    If you need me, I'll be on the floor laughing at myself!
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    LOL, that's good that you can laugh about it but at the same time learn from it!!....just wait though, when you give the neighbors prices, you'll get the......"but you only charged them......."

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    Tell the neighbors you gave first corner lot a discount from the original price for word of mouth advertising. Yeah thats it.LOL
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    I priced a clean up today at 550.00 and got it ...but I think I bidded to low
  5. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    unfortunatly , this is how you learn the bidding process, no shortcuts, you try, make mistakes, and learn...... your on your way.....:)
  6. lurch

    lurch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    damn...i thought i was bidding high for min of 250 on my clean-ups
  7. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    hey you live you learn and thats the best way now you know how to price them...i remember when we did a couple jobs when we first started and didnt make any money
  8. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    Nothing I hate worse then saying...Mr. smith your looking at $650 for the job start to finish and before you can finish what your saying he says sounds good, when can you start!!!!! Makes me wonder how much more you could have gotten!!!!
  9. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    yeah i know that feeling but hell its better then ARE YOU NUTS! SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS?
  10. garrettlawn

    garrettlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Dont worry first job we got of the season simply told us to make sure we got stuff on paper from now on. Started out as a trimming bushes and laying some pinestraw down. O yeah and that grass cloth stuff. Well the day we get out the wind starts blowing really good and the grass cloth is being a royal pain in the tush. Then we finally get that worked out and start laying the pine mulch. But all of thats only after some simple trimming went to gut this... gut that... gut every damn bush on the front of my house. So about two full days worth of work and we walk away with... ooo $620 bucks. Man that job sucked.

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