Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnboy, Mar 29, 2003.

  1. lawnboy

    lawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Do any of you use the theory "I would rather breakeven at jobs, than see a competitor there. If that is what it takes."?
  2. turfman59

    turfman59 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Breakeven means what ???
    The only place breakeven is acceptable is in a municipal or Govt setting,,, maybe a church organization
    Breakeven means non-profit

    How do you feed yourself or your family..

    My answer would be **** NO
  3. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

  4. garyslawn

    garyslawn LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 155

    NO. Never work for free. I always thought I could make a fortune selling red shirts with white letters that say. "IF IT DON'T PAY, DON"T DO IT>"
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Breakeven:confused: Why bother??? You're running a business...unless you feel it's a hobby or something:dizzy:
  6. A1 Lawn@Landscapes

    A1 Lawn@Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220


    I can break even by taking my son to the batting cage, fiddling around with the garden, or anything else that I would rather do.
  7. grshppr

    grshppr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Not a chance. If my competitor can do it for less...power to him. I'll be waiting for him to go outta business, and pick up the contract a "my" price later on. No sense working for free. I'd rather be making some $$$ to pay off bills...and a little to live on.:cool:
  8. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I do not agree with that. I am not going to struggle just to keep a competitor away from a job. Although every customer is different.
  9. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,150

    Sounds nuts to me!!! In my area I have too much profitable work to do. I am not the least bit worried about the competition. Keep that kind of practice up and you won't have any working capital !!!
    :) ;) :) ED
  10. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    Most sensless thing to do! NO! NO! thats a form of LOW-BALLING!

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