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Need your advice.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I am currently mowing a gas station. They have been paying me $75 per mow and debris removal which in my opinion is already too low for that lawn size and shape. However, they are trying to get me to mow more grass or an extended area for the same price. I have been mowing for about 9 months now and have about 8 mowing accounts. Should I let this go and move on or tough it out. If so how should I approach the situation?
  2. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Forgot to mention the gas station is about 18000sqft of grass and a huge ditch in the front and about 10 trees.
  3. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    Since they want you to do more I would use that as a reason to up your price. Raise it enough to cover the additional area and to make it more accurate for existing area you underbid. If they do not want to raise price let them go give them few weeks notice or if you have to finish out season then drop them. Learn from your mistakes cause estimating is often learned best from experience and trial and error.
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  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,465

    Just mow it these kind of guys are always looking for a cheaper price and if you try going up you will be gone. Is that what you want?
  5. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Messages: 568

    They do not need you.... people like us are a dime a dozen.

    We need to make enough money to keep going, pay bills and maybe even buy something we do not need every once in a while.

    Not being a wise guy, just saying You gotta bill what you need to! If they are a thorn in your side.... bill accordingly for that too!

    Life is short and misery is optional.

    I have one BIGG for me ... commercial property I just picked up this year. Hardly break even on it. Mow once a month and it is a boar's nest!!! But it is close to home, they pay on time, and I have not that much else going on. Iv'e told others what I'm mowing for hoping they would come in and do it for less cause they don't know any better.
  6. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    I was going like "huh?" When you said only $75 for that. If i bagged with by 60inch i would be in and out in under a hr. So I think you just don't have the equipment for this price.
  7. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 44,509

    Agreed. 18,000 SQ FT isn't that much to do, even at an hour that's pretty decent coin!

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