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They finally got it!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hell on Blades, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    Ok, this is a major boost for my psychie.... business is way down and the fact that they finally are beginning to bite is great!!!

    First, I show up on a 25 minute mow and quote $35 in and out... Customer accepts and I leave -- took 10 minutes. Not only did he accept but signed the contract (I don't require contracts but do offer a 5% discount for signing).

    On the way to the house, dictate a different quote to my son who sends the email from my Blackberry. Quote is for a cleanup, $373, for a full day's work, including 5 cubic yards of mulch. Phone rings almost immediately, customer questions the $100 fee for cleaning out the beds.
    I answer her simply, had she paid for a spring and fall cleanup last year, the price wouldn't be nearly so high. Since she let it go for a year, it would take that much extra work. She agrees!!!!

    If only they all understood it that way!!
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    WOW your Cheep....
  3. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    How much would you charge for a 25 minute job for a one man crew?
    How about for eight hours work for the same crew?
  4. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,272

    You priced that job about $427.00 to low, so you installed 5 yards of mulch for free! How's that for your phychie?
  5. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    Maybe his over head is lower than yours, possibly that is the going rate from were he lives, or maybe mulch prices are lower than were you live....
  6. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    Where I'm at, working solo with $100.27 of mulch, I profitted $273 for eight hours, including my lunch and an inpromptu estimate in the same block. Even if you take out the two gallons of fuel used to get materials and get there, I'm still at 33.38 per hour.

    As far as the mowing goes, I sat here all last year and read, "a dollar a minute". I won't stop for less that $35, but my minimum may be lower than yours.

    I enjoy reading this site and follow the forums as often as I can. Like many other self employed persons, I often work from 6 am till well after dark. Sometimes working harder rather than smarter and often working for what turns out to be not enough money. It seems that anyone on here that works for less than you do, regardless of circumstances, is looked down on. We are all working as hard as possible and as often as possible for the money to live our lifestyles as we choose. I'll respect your way of business, try to see that there is more than one perspective.*trucewhiteflag*

    I'll even tell on myself here: the first deck I build was a week long project- I bid it for $1500 profit- it came to $20/sq ft -- after talking to several others the norm in this area was $24.50 sq ft -- I talked myself out of an additional $1800, but I made the profit that I intended.

    A wise man was once speaking about pricing solo work, "Sometimes you make a little money, sometimes you make a killing, sometimes you break even, avoid losing your ".
  7. Weeded!

    Weeded! LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Hey Hell on Blades,

    I have to admit that I had the same "wow" that Bohiaa had. It's not because you are less expensive than I am, it's because I would never stay in business at that rate for one man crews.

    A couple of points - if you are running out of your house and it's just you and your son then you can take advantage of what I call "economy of small." However, I still believe from my experience that you are selling yourself short- not because you CAN get more, but you might NEED to get more but not realize it. (I said "might" - I don't know your situation).

    Just one thing to think about: While you booked $273 after materials on that day, when you factor it in with other days of the week where you visited potential clients, did billing, checked on your son's work, made phone calls, etcetera, your hourly rate drops a bit.

    Would you be interested in sharing some numbers privately off lawnsite?

  8. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    I would, but you're not eligible for PM's
  9. Weeded!

    Weeded! LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Hell -
    Look up my company on google. Contact me via contact page on my web site.
  10. dalouie2

    dalouie2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Ok what is the average rate to charge for mulch here on this site we are in pa area penn delco thx d

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