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  • Hello, I am new and need help with pricing!

    Hello,

    I just started in the lawn mowing business here in Colorado Springs, CO. I have placed a proposal at four different houses. My first two, I was bidding at .06cents per square foot. The last two, I was bidding at .04cents per square foot.

    I felt even at .04cents, it looked high. The third house I placed a proposal at, I felt I could have mowed the front and back in about 1 and half hours. I gave a bid of $150.

    What do you guys think? Am I too high? Am I just right? Do I need to lower my sq.ft. price?

    HELP!

    Thanks,

    Russell

  • #2
    I figure $1 per minute. If it takes me 1 hour, I charge $60. If they want it every week, then I charge $240 for the month.
    Northern California

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    • #3
      Hi Russell,

      Welcome to our forum! What got you to start your own business?

      One of the things we have seen talked about that might help you is this. Do you or a friend have a lawn you could call up a few lawn care operators to get a quote on? If so, get three quotes and compare them to the price you would charge to service the lawn.
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      • #4
        I decided to start my own lawn care business as something to do to gain a little extra income. A friend out in the Western part of Colorado started a business very similar and is doing well. So, I placed an ad in my local newspaper, a ad on craigslist, and one in the Thirfty Nickel.

        So far, most of my replys to my ads have come from craigslist, which is funny because it is a free ad compared to the other two.

        I like the idea of charging $1 dollar per minute. I just have to get good at looking at a job and figuring how long it will take me to do the job.

        I also might take the advise on getting a friends lawn or my own lawn quoted and see where they are all at.

        I look forward to future comments.

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        • #5
          Quote[/b] ]So far, most of my replys to my ads have come from craigslist, which is funny because it is a free ad compared to the other two.
          That is awesome! Sometimes just because you pay for an ad, doesn't make the response any better.

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          I like the idea of charging $1 dollar per minute. I just have to get good at looking at a job and figuring how long it will take me to do the job.
          I think you will get the swing of it after you do a few lawns.

          Quote[/b] ]I also might take the advise on getting a friends lawn or my own lawn quoted and see where they are all at.
          Yea! It should give you an idea of the going rate in your area.


          What are the next big plans you have for your business?
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          • #6
            I am not sure what my next big plans are for my business.

            I did create a website that talks a little about me and what I do. www.affordablelawncareservices.com

            Since winter is approaching soon, I think I might focus on what I can do next year. I have thought about media mailings. I have also thought about door-to-door flyers.

            Yard signs might do the trick but they can be costly.

            Currently I tow all my equipment in the back of my truck, so getting a small trailer might be feasible.

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            • #7
              I like your website! Nice work!

              Do you have any pictures of your current set up that you could share with us?

              Will you be doing any snow plowing this winter?
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              • #8
                I do not have any pictures at this time, but when I do, I will share with the group.

                I do not plan on doing any snow plowing this winter. I thought about it, but probably will not.

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                • #9
                  What about holiday lighting or decorations?
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                  • #10
                    You know, I am a licensed colorado master electrician, so holiday lighting could be something I could do :-)

                    Last year, it snowed a lot here in Colorado Springs. So, if it does that again this year, snow plowing would be something to do.

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                    • #11
                      Oh Wow! Why aren't you doing more electrical work then? Wouldn't you be able to make better money doing that since there is a barrier of entry (having to spend years to get a license?)
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                      • #12
                        Well, I do not like working commerical electrical. It is dirty, dangerous, and I just do not care for it.

                        I just wanted a change. Something different.

                        I did forget to mention that I will be going to school starting this fall for electrical engineering.

                        I still love mowing though. It is relaxing and it feels as though you have accomplished something at the end of the job.

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                        • #13
                          Well maybe then outdoor landscape lighting and irrigtion systems? These services need electricians to perform certain functions and you could really promote that you are licensed! Finding a niche is soooo important because you can then charge a premium for it!

                          What's your thoughts on that?
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                          • #14
                            Well, prior to doing my lawn maintenance business, I did have my own electrical company. The money was good. Business was not however.

                            So, in April I decided to dissolve and become a stay-at-home parent. During this time, I wanted to do something else during the evenings, so that is when lawn maintenance came up.

                            It is low-cost start-up. I had most of the tools needed to run the business.

                            Next year, if I became real serious, I could advertise with my lawn maintenance, that I also do landscape lighting and other outdoor related things that require electrical.

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                            • #15
                              Yea I think that would be great! These are unique skills you have that most other lawn care business owners don't. I bet you could say you are the only lawn care operator in town with an electrician's license.

                              Then you could go on to say why hire a landscaper and an electrician when you offer both for one low price! Something like that.

                              Could you share with us some of your experience about the electrical business? What did you like or didn't you like? What was it about the industry that made it so difficult to get customers?
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