Thankful For Your Family…. Business?
Landscaping businesses are often family endeavors. While this can combine the best of both worlds (personal and professional), it isn’t always smooth sailing. Click here to read more.
That could be because I don't really believe you are serious about this business. It's like having a student employed for the summer that is going through to be a doctor. Great worker, you treat them fairly but you don't spend a lot of time teaching them much. You point and say dig a hole there while you spend the time teaching with someone that is interested.
kris, i'm very serious about my business, it's how i'll feed my kids for the rest of my life. remember though, this is my first year going full time. my mindset has always been, keep the overhead down, down, as low as u can. and when i suggest dropping the garentee, it's like this. i quote $4000 for a small landscape installation, customer says, "can you do any better?" i say, "sure, what would you like to eliminate? a few of the shrubs? make smaller beds?" point is i won't drop the price, but will change the plan if the customer so desires, to meet his price range. one of the factors, for me, when marking up plants, is the garentee. i was wondering, if it would be a good bargaining tool , if the the 4 grand was too high, shave off a few bucks, but eliminate the garentee
Know I don't lower my prices! If a customer is not happy with my BID and would like to shop around I say OK. Everything WE install has a guaranty-- plants, rock, mulch ,ect. -- I fell that going down on the price I am giving it a way. They would not like me to cut my work down to a sloppy job and to install cheap plants that is half dead.
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I think that could cost you customers if the plants die. If you buy a car with no guarantee, and it breaks down as soon as you leave the lot you would probably be pretty pissed off. If however you paid an extra $500 and got a warranty, you might say something to your friends like "I paid a little too much, but the dealer fixed what was wrong," instead of ,"The dealer did a crappy job of getting the car ready for sale, and lied to me, I will never buy there again." People will always find something to complain about, but in my opinion it is better to have them complaining about price than quality.