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  • #16
    Ok so I just talked to the guy in charge of the cemetery. Here are the specifications.

    a. Mowing every 10 days
    b. Trimming every 20 days
    c. Removal of fallen leaves, brush, debris as needed prior to mowing
    d. Preservation of headstones from damage
    e. Trimming bushes (there aren't very many)
    f. Pulling weeds and maintaining landscaping around the Octagon building (small area)

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    • #17
      Do you think there are any ways to get customers from mowing a cemetery? Can a lawn sign be put up front at the entrance? Would that even be helpful?

      It seems a downside to cemeteries is that they don't pay too well, they area a lot of work, and there is not much word of mouth advertising that comes from it.
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      • #18
        I would have to agree that the cemetery would not offer much room for word of mouth advertising. But, the cemetery is located about 40-45 mins away from my service area, so I'm not sure I would want any little jobs there anyway. I met briefly with someone that is associated with the cemetery, but on Thursday I will be meeting with the City Manager, who wants bids on 5 other small properties in the city. This is a small city. What do you guys think I should bring with me to try to prove I am capable of this job. I know I give off the first impression that I'm just some kid looking for money because I'm 19, even though it's 100% the opposite. I'm planning on taking a list of references, photos of previous work, photos of equipment, and proof of insurance.

        Also, I'm still struggling on finding that magic number to put on the bid. Do you guys think I can cushion the bid a little since the cemetery is funded by the city? Also, he wants me to bid for this year, and 2 years later. How much more should the bid be for, 3 years from now?

        I would really like to get this job, but there's no way I can survive doing it if it's not making me enough money. I should have more info on it by Thursday night.

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        • #19
          the cemetery is located about 40-45 mins away from my service area, so I'm not sure I would want any little jobs there anyway.
          Are you going to be able to make up for that almost 2 hrs in travel time to get there and back, in your bid price?

          What do you guys think I should bring with me to try to prove I am capable of this job.
          I am sure if you look presentable and show them you have the equipment to perform the job and the insurance required, that will be fine.

          Do you guys think I can cushion the bid a little since the cemetery is funded by the city?
          I am thinking these jobs are going to be lower paying jobs so I doubt there is going to be much room for an extra cushion. Try it out though and see what happens.

          he wants me to bid for this year, and 2 years later. How much more should the bid be for, 3 years from now?
          Do you really want to lock yourself in on a 2 or 3 year contract doing this property? Would it be better to just see how the first year goes before you rebid it? You might find after performing the job once or twice there is something about the bid you would have liked to change.

          I should have more info on it by Thursday night.
          Good luck and keep us posted.
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          • #20
            it will help us, help you, if you were to post some photos of the grounds in question.

            based on the 16 acre cemetery I do it would be marginally profitable @ $60 acre per mow plus travel expenses (fuel, man hours spent sitting in the truck, wear and tear on vehicles, tires and depreciation)

            cemeteries are not good for word of mouth advertising.
            be glad its in another area.
            It may however be good as a reference for other cities mowing contracts.
            A rear discharge deck,chute blockers are a must on a project of this magnitude (if upright stones)

            This type of mowing is a specialty in my mind. you cannot afford to treat it like a residential account with perfect lines. perfect trimming, no clippings showing ect. ect., Unless they are willing to pay for those type of sevices.
            Which is very unlikley, being a City owned property. (there is a reason it is up for bid, and somebody from a different area is being asked for a bid, I would not go for that 2-3 year deal, unless they paid me to mow and trim it once)

            Good luck on your business, (young does not have to equal dumb and you are proving that by getting asking for help.)

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