Under priced lawn

Discussion in 'Lawn Care Business Management' started by D&A Lawn Care, May 7, 2014.

  1. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    work faster, :cool2:call around for a cheaper price on the mulch
  2. D&A Lawn Care

    D&A Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    There is only one company who sells mulch in my town.
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  3. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    OK, I laughed when I read that.

    Life doesn't get any easier, or less expensive as you get older. If you only lose $60 you aren't going to lose anything but a few measly dollars in the grand scheme of things, but you will gain respect and knowledge.
    Learn from it and move on.

    And it's probably going to happen again. ;)
  4. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    Get a written referral that you can use later on, on a website, for future customers...it will only cost you $60
  5. Grant11

    Grant11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    You have to be a man of your word if you are going to make it in this industry. If you say you will do something- do it. Bid the next one higher.
  6. ColliCut Land Mgmt

    ColliCut Land Mgmt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    If I interpreted this correctly, you have at least three people in on this, including yourself, and you're all sharing the profits equally. If that's the case... You're each poised to make the same profit as planned, you just have to work a little longer than expected... And upsetting the customer with your $60 increase would put only 20 additional bucks in each of your pockets? Just pretend you made the extra money and then spent it on a steak dinner last night.
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  7. Jcl4slc

    Jcl4slc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    Exactly. There is not a professional on this site that has not done this. Learn from your mistake. I once did a job starting out and lost several hundred. But I stuck to my word. At least your making 6.90. Learn how t estimate. Do not be afraid of quoting a high price or getting told no
  8. D&A Lawn Care

    D&A Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    We ended up sticking to our estimate and we used less mulch then expected. She gave us a $30 tip so in the end it turned out fine thanks for all your advice!!!
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  9. Captain Mike

    Captain Mike LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    Learn from your underbid and remember this :

    The sweet price of a low bid is soon forgotten after the bitterness of poor quality remains.

    Glad you manned up and finished the job!!! :clapping:
  10. jonnyz37

    jonnyz37 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    holy crud batman....6.90 per hour? You way...and i mean way...underbid that job. When i bid jobs, my price is based on me making $40 per hour. So when i make a mistake it takes me down, but never below $30. Do yourself and the rest of us a favor and raise ur prices.

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