Take less per man hour for LARGE volume contract?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dave80, May 19, 2004.

  1. dave80

    dave80 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    It's been a while since I have posted on here, but here goes:

    How many of you would take drop your rate per man hour down slightly if you would be able to receive a very large contract? Take this scenario for example:

    You are currently charging $50/man hour. You have an opportunity to get a contract worth $100,000 for the season, but in order to do so you might have to drop your rate down to $40 or $45/man hour. However, the contract is guaranteed money regardless of whether or not the season is dry and you might not have to mow as much. Also, the mowing has to be neat, but no real professional looking job with nice stripes or anything like that.

    Would you take the cut in pay if you knew that you could still make a good profit from it?

    Just curious because I might be able to land such a contract next year and would like to start planning ahead even though this season is far from over.
  2. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Messages: 204

  3. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    I'd take it in a heartbeat.
  4. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Definately !.....Big steady contracts are the best.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Hell ya, in a New York minute...and I wouldn't think twice bout it either.

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