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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Jimmy348, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. Jimmy348

    Jimmy348 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    I'm just starting and already I'm told to come back in 2 weeks (can't afford once a week) yada yada yada.
    Didn't want to scare em off with a written contract as of yet but how do I get the point to them that every two weeks ain't gonna cut it? I was thinking of maybe measuring the grass...comparing it to the deck height and anything over 1.5 inches determines when i cut. Good idea or bad? Looking for suggestions
  2. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    You cannot afford NOT to have a written contract. This is how I do it. I sit down and figure out how much it is going to cost me to take care of the entire property for the entire season. Mowing, fert, weeds, shrubs, leaves. Then I decide how much I need/want to make. Then I give them a price......"$X takes care of your entire property for the entire year. I have prepared this contract, which protects you as well as me, I offer 2 payment plans, seasonal which is 10 equal monthly payments or the annual plan which is 12 equal monthly payments." That's it, don't apoligise for your price don't act or sound scared when you present it, act and sound like it's a great deal. Be confident in your ability and confident in your proposal. 95% of my customers choose the annual plan.

    Cut when the grass looks like it needs to be cut, forget about measuring it. I ususlly figure for between 32 and 40 mowings in this area weather dependent.

    Planning man, planning. You might want to consider praying too. :D
  3. Theroadrage

    Theroadrage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    It sounds bad but raise your mower up a notch or two.LOL!!!!

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