I have been reading the posts on this forum for over a month now and tried many suggestions. I need your input good or bad.
First, I am new at operating my solo Lawn Care Business. as far as equipment I have ZTR Kubota Diesel ZD28 Pro deck with 60" cut , Echo SRM260 Trimmer, PB650 b/p Blower , HCA260 Hedge Trimmer, also Echo SRM260 telescoping power pruner, Stihl b/p BR400 bought used off EBAY Auctions never again, Poulan 2285 Chain saw and numerous other bits and pieces of tools. Oh I haul the equipment around in a 2002 Isuzu NQR 18ft Box Truck air, automatic, GVW 17,985 LBS with a pay load of 10,000 + LBS of cargo. The Box is lettered and wash weekly the inside of box has not been retro fit as yet to carry Lawn equipment only Plants/shrubs. The inside box roof is translucent just like the UPS vans.
Second, I was passing out flyers within in a certain zip code and got a call from a local apartment building with 248 units and after meeting with manager she mention they were taking bids because of numerous written letters to current LCO about work not completed. So she wants a written estimate from my company. I ask and she told me they are currently paying 3300/ month.
Third, I have total 3 residential accounts and ads in local paper.
I currently have experience in applying pesticide in a small nursery with knowledge of plants landscaping, irrigation,
My Business is licensed as a sub-chapter S and insured for one million per incident we also have federal tax #, bla, bla ,bla
Last, I need your input and wisdon as to weather or not to compete for this contract . I think they like my clean cut appearance, clean truck, and image down to our brochure .
If i bid on this account which i really want. It means hiring 2 locals the only ones interested are Hispanics i already check they have correct paper to work legally in the US.
What would you charge for services, I do not want to low ball actually I was thinking upping my price to about 4250per month
the manager want 42 cuts per year min 1 time in seven days during the growing season and not less than once during the winter ( Tavares, Florida 32778, Zone 9 ) . I will try to up load some pics