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The "We just want you to get us started for the year" kind of people

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Wilson Edge, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Wilson Edge

    Wilson Edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    I know that i have had problems with this but i want to hear your stories and solutions. Every year about 3-4 weeks up to 10 weeks into the season. I always get a call from some person saying they just want me to come One time and get there lawn started for them. I get this all the time but have created a solution for it. Depending on how bad it is or how long since the last mow. I usualy quote it for 3 times the normal price. Or i give them the option to get it mowed for the regular price. and sign a year contract. What do you guys do in this situation?
     
  2. Dave_005

    Dave_005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    when they ask me for a "one time only cut" to get them started i simply say no thanks, i'm not interested,. the same when someone asks me if i will come only when they call. No thanks, I'm not interested. i do weekly cuts and once in a while i may accept a bi-weekly but not often.
     
  3. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    I would do the job but charge about 50% more than I normally would.
     
  4. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    Ditto! If you have time, why wouldn't you do it?
     
  5. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    yep, 1 time cuts always charge extra.
     
  6. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,711

    How come overgrown 1-time lawns are the ones with hidden treasures...like a rollerskate or a brick? :laugh: :dizzy: :hammerhead:
     
  7. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I only do them now under the following conditions...

    1- A neighbor of a customer (I'm right there anyway)

    2- During a drought when things are slow

    3- As a favor for another LCO, if I can fit iit into my schedule that week.
     
  8. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    pfft! Yall go ahead and leave them out there, I'll scoop them up. If its a little overgrown I'll just charge more. That one time money spends the same as regularly scheduled money!
    I hope I can one day turn down work, but right now Im taking on all I can get.
     
  9. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Not in my business plan. I don't need that kind of abuse on my equipment, and I only want full service accounts with ferts and apps. Sure, you can pick up a quick couple of bucks, but that won't build your business.

    If I think I have a chance of converting them to full service, then I might do it, but otherwise, I don't want it. I could use that hour putting out door hangers.... and maybe get a $1500 yearly account out of it instead.

    I try to stay focused... and follow my business plan.
     
  10. tennesseelawnguy

    tennesseelawnguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I don't bother with one time deals now. Years ago when i first started i did quite a few like that and my experiences were not all that great. It sucks to charge $80 for what would normally be a $30 yard and then hit a stump or toy or worse and then spend hundreds on a new spindle. just say no thanks and find a better customer.
     

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