not enough money!!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kyles landscape, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    didnt mean 15 hrs a week meant a day for awhile we were swamped till we got caught up
  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    :laugh: That makes a lot more sense.
  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I wouldn't have to shut down my customers would do it for me!
  4. KeyHouse

    KeyHouse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Beautiful answer!! I take 3 month vacation and prep for the spring time, advertising, and paperwork etc.
  5. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,878

    That is what I do. Except add college full time & plowing. Otherwise its vacay time. There isnt much time that I can lounge around but it is more relaxing time than I get during the landscape season.
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  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    My off season seems to be getting shorter and shorter. While work may slow down it rarely just stops except for a few weeks between Chirstmas and about Jan 15
  7. sterlinglawns

    sterlinglawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    Spot on. Thumbs Up
  8. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    This isn't the best solution but it keeps me into some kind of work year round, even during busy season I never work really stupid hard anymore but then when things would be dead I have a little work to keep me occupied, kind of spreads it all out.

    The situation...
    Someone's always trying to save a buck, and I need work in the slow periods...
    Those people always trying to save money have projects they want done.
    But everyone always wants things done during the busiest time, like spring.
    Like, I'm already working like crazy and they want more done...

    Time to make a list...
    Those who want to pay extra to have it done now...
    And those who don't mind waiting until I am slow, get a big discount.
    Then you get some in between, regular price wait a little bit but not too long.

    For example:
    We will call it Project A, price $100 if done in next 2-4 weeks.
    Price $110 and it gets done in the next 1-2 weeks.
    Price $120 and it's done this week.
    Price $140 and it's done in the next 2-3 days.
    Price $60-$75 and it can wait until I have time to do it but it will get done.
    That was just an example now...

    Keep in mind it does take practice to get it right.

    Yes sir, yes sir.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  9. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    i feeel like you cant cut huge discounts like that because at the end of the day you still need to cover your costs and make it worth your while. i would rather work a sunday to get it done timely to make double the money and then when its slow i can relax knowing i made double time on that job
  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    I agree with both the post above me.

    Trick is to know what your min cost is to operate.

    I base my cost recovery on a 9 month year.

    I also know my recovery based on 12 months I could give a 25% discount in the off season but I rarely do that much. (9/12) . I will tell people if it is a non-critical wait until offseason.

    I have employees so I want to keep them busy most of them can not afford a 2 month vacation.

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