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why isn't the plan working?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by BltFordTuf, May 29, 2007.

  1. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    Dead after working on 4-6 accounts? Please...
     
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    How many flyers have you been putting out? Have you put any business cards up on any bulletin boards or anything like that.
     
  3. ALarsh-
    The 4-6 are the regular weekly customers. Then i have a couple others that i do every week.. A lot of the work lately has been doing other work, mulch and stone beds, and being as tho i don't have a skid or dingo, its all shovel and wheel barrow. So its a pain. Im also spending a lot of time out repaintin the towns fire hydrants for an eagle project. Im finishing that up this week before i go down the shore.

    J&R-
    Ive put out flyers around the area but this late in the season im not getting a whole lot in response (just people who think its too hot, but only want to pay $10-15 a shot. Which isnt worth it. I give out business cards to the people i work for and tell them if they know someone who needs work to give them one, and i have gotten some calls lately from that.

    Today i was out on an estimate and the guy wasnt home. Trim a lot of bushes and weekly cutting. I was done and leaving the estimate and the guy tells me that he called my office (dont have one...my fone # is the cell) to tell me not to do it (still havent gotten the voicemail) and had someone else doing it. The guy is doin a 1/2 acre lawn once a week for $20 and is workint $5/hour on the bushes. I told the good for you...told him my minimum is $15 an hour on that kind of stuff and told him to wait for a bill for my time that he wasted by not calling me to tell me this when we had a scheduled appointment for the estimate.

    Doug
     
  4. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I'm not sure what the market is like around you but I wouldn't or couldn't be working with a $15/hour minimum. After overhead alone is out of that, I'd be making next to nothing. You might need to re-evauluate your pricing. JMO
     
  5. 15 an hour is for the stuff like trimming bushes...none over 2 feet tall..nothing hard. The majority of my other work is higher. I have mainly 1/4 to 1/2 acre lawns that i cut for $40 minimum (normally higher due to hills and that stuff)

    Doug
     
  6. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    You should be around $80 / hr for 2 guys.
     
  7. ALarsh...that is basically what i do cutting. I don't have anyone going with me right now becuase i dont have enough accounts. And most of the houses take at most an hour. So the $40 for 1 man is the same as $80 for 2

    Doug
     
  8. MattsMowing3535

    MattsMowing3535 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 385

    $40 for a 1/4 acre? Some people might tell me im way of but that sure seems high!! I get $25-$30 and can finish up the yard in 15-20 minutes. And $15 per hour? My minuim is $20 and thats usualy if its for family or something...
     
  9. Terraformer

    Terraformer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Doug, firefightergw gave you some excellent advice... you would do well to heed what he said.

    Good Luck
     
  10. Sweet Tater

    Sweet Tater LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,123

    I'd hire ya
     

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