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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bettern'goats, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. bettern'goats

    bettern'goats LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    After mowing for a few months we decided to drop the Jphn Deere lawn tractor and purchase a commercial mower. The problem is, we dont know how to bid commercial businesses. We don't know wether it's an hourly thing, or a cost per acre, or any of that. I like doing residentials, but would like to unload and mow for several hours rather than run all over creation. We are located in western Tennessee if that helps.
  2. dr grass

    dr grass Banned
    Messages: 242

    estimate how long your gonna be at the job. than multiply the time amount by 1$. you wanna get at least 60/hr to make good money. good luck!


  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Check your email.
  4. Nelson

    Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I average $35.00 an Hour here in Florida Solo. That is pretty
    good 4 me........

    The $60.00/hr thing will make me have no accounts...Go with
    what the going price is in your area.......My $ .03 cents :sleeping:
  5. The Mowerdude

    The Mowerdude LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    You need a combination of both residential and commercials if you're new.

    You need the commercials because you can "sell" on customer and make a good peice of change. However, if you get that really big one, you may end up concentrating all of your efforts taking care of it only to get underbid the following season. Then you've lost way too much. That's where the residentials come in. It's true, that you have to meet a lot more customers and "sell" a lot more for less return on each winning bid, but when you lose one, recovery is much, much easier.

    Also, I've found, that for me, the residentials are much higher in profit for the amount of time spent, whereas the commercials are very hip to the idea of playing one company against another in a bidding war. It's very common for them to take the very lowest bidder and then constantly complain and fuss their way to a good job. Then the following season, they repeat the process and all of your efforts to build customer loyalty were wasted time.

    Also, check some of the other threads on this BBS and see what kind of problems CVS has caused for some of our fellow lawncare professionals. If you don't get paid, you may not have the fortitude to stand up to corporate lawyers who's job is to save money for the company even if it means screwing the subcontracters. Caveat Emptor.

    I say, if you can find commercial contracts that you feel good about and they seem to be strait up, go for it. Then fill in the rest of the time with as many residentials as you can handle comfortably.

    But DO NOT put all your eggs in one basket.
  6. bettern'goats

    bettern'goats LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I truly appreciate each comment. If ever I may help just call or e-mail.

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