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Forum: General Talk 06-21-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,018
Posted By kslawn
Did you give her a written quote or just a verbal...

Did you give her a written quote or just a verbal quote?? I always give a written quote now because of the same problems your having now.

Kinda maybe sounds like she's shopping around for quotes and...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 06-21-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,912
Posted By kslawn
I switched from the high lift blades and went to...

I switched from the high lift blades and went to the G6 Gator blades last fall...21"x3" wide and a 1/4" thick for my 61" Bunton and never looked back. Great for mulching a ton of leaves, makes...
Forum: General Talk 06-21-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,896
Posted By kslawn
I use Square and swipe it on my phone. You can...

I use Square and swipe it on my phone. You can send an email and they can pay that way also. Get my $$$ the next day. 2.5% to swipe, my cost and same if I send email.

I don't charge for swiping...
Forum: General Talk 04-22-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By kslawn
Another thing to think about is potential...

Another thing to think about is potential customers in those areas maybe wanting you to do their lawns to....but if your just mowing and not trimming or anything else, they might look at it as though...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-18-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,041
Posted By kslawn
Well, I wouldn't recommend bidding on these jobs...

Well, I wouldn't recommend bidding on these jobs unless you have the experience first and the right equipment.

You have to know your cost first and foremost (which everyone in this business should)...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-16-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,041
Posted By kslawn
It is 8 hours with 2 men so 16 total man hours is...

It is 8 hours with 2 men so 16 total man hours is what I bid if for when I bid the job...but get it done in less time...around 6 hours with 2 men on the job for the fall clean up the last few years.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-10-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,369
Posted By kslawn
biglee...You are offering a discount...just in a...

biglee...You are offering a discount...just in a different way.

You are giving them free services and I'm giving them a discount on price right off the top. Its all the same to the customer one way...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-10-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,041
Posted By kslawn
I forgot to mention that the bid for the fall...

I forgot to mention that the bid for the fall clean up is 8 hours/2 men and the spring is 6 hours/2 men. so most of the time I'm under that and make more profit. One example of how to bid so that...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-10-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,041
Posted By kslawn
Maybe three acres or so, and takes me by myself...

Maybe three acres or so, and takes me by myself about 3 hours to 3 1/2 hours to cut trim and clean any clippings up on the grave sites.

About 1 1/2 hours to cut and about the same to trim everything...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-10-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 851
Posted By kslawn
Well Steve, for the customers that have been on a...

Well Steve, for the customers that have been on a payment plan, weather it be Pre-Pay or a Monthly plan, I send out a letter about a month before the season starts. For me in this area, I send out...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 04-08-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 857
Posted By kslawn
Sometimes you can't rely on the other company...

Sometimes you can't rely on the other company telling you the truth either...6 in one hand and a half dozen in the other right!!!

Its a crap shoot sometimes trying to figure out who's telling the...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-08-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,369
Posted By kslawn
I don't think the question was for me, but I do a...

I don't think the question was for me, but I do a 10% for Pre-Pays and a 5% discount for Monthly plans.
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-08-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 851
Posted By kslawn
No I don't go by the Farmers Almanac , just the...

No I don't go by the Farmers Almanac , just the previous years of snow plowing. Usually I go by the last three years and average it out. You have to let the customers know how you came up with the #s...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-08-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,041
Posted By kslawn
RSE, I understand what your saying and all others...

RSE, I understand what your saying and all others on this post.

I do one cemetery full time and have had this account for around 13 years now, plus I do another cemetery when they need me.

I know...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-03-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,041
Posted By kslawn
Well look at it like this...I can do x amount of...

Well look at it like this...I can do x amount of lawn, cutting and trimming and cleaning up with a blower in x amount of time.

Then figure how much lawn you have total and that will get you close....
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-03-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 851
Posted By kslawn
CD, are they all residential or are some...

CD, are they all residential or are some commercial?

What I do for Pre-Pay is if they are residential, I charge for 15 plows minimum, because I am sure to get that many plows done any given season....
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-29-2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,139
Posted By kslawn
Did you actually walk off the lawn? and if so,...

Did you actually walk off the lawn? and if so, did you walk off the entire lawn with the customer?

I find that taking the extra time to actually show the customer personally what your looking at and...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-29-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,369
Posted By kslawn
I offer my customers a few choices: Monthly...

I offer my customers a few choices:

Monthly payments, the same payment every month for x amount of months...(All monthly payments are due by the 5th of every month for me)

Pre-Pay for the entire...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-29-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,041
Posted By kslawn
When you do a walk through....look at it in...

When you do a walk through....look at it in sections as though you were bidding each section separate. Then add all the sections up for your bid. Some sections may have more work than others. Doing...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-20-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 542
Posted By kslawn
I agree, clean carb out again and change all fuel...

I agree, clean carb out again and change all fuel lines and filters and clean out the fuel tank.
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 02-10-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 867
Posted By kslawn
I think it looks good as is....nice job!!!

I think it looks good as is....nice job!!!
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-06-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,881
Posted By kslawn
I do work for the USPS here in Michigan and in...

I do work for the USPS here in Michigan and in our area at least, you have to be able to accept payment by credit card. I was sent a letter from them stating that by Oct 2013, we would have to be...
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-22-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,751
Posted By kslawn
I changed my route around last season so I could...

I changed my route around last season so I could save a lot of time and money from back tracking. It also allowed me to gain new customers comfortably.

By changing my route i saved about a full days...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 01-22-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,005
Posted By kslawn
Bradcook21, in my opinion I think that your over...

Bradcook21, in my opinion I think that your over thinking this a bit.

Just give them a discount for Pre-paying or monthly plans or something like that. I think 50% and 25% is way too much of a...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 01-21-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,012
Posted By kslawn
For my existing customers, I usually just give a...

For my existing customers, I usually just give a flat rate. But there are the few bigger clean ups that I still charge an hourly rate every spring or fall. This is because I might be on there lawn...
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