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Old 01-16-2008, 06:54 PM
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Quote[/b] (StartALawnCareBusiness @ Jan. 16 2008,5:47)]Hi Matt:

It looks like you are bidding some large lawn care contracts. *What kind of result are you getting? *Any awarded contracts yet or are the bid openings in the near future?

You may have already outlined your business here...forgive me if I've forgotten. *What equipment are you running? *Do you have employees? *What hourly rates are you using in your calculations? *I am interested to see how you are breaking everything down.

What is your experience as far as doing residential yards before easing into the large scale contract side of mowing? *You are bidding all these large contracts so you can be inspiration for people wanting to make the jump from residential to commercial by relating the positives and pitfalls.

I notice at least one line-item is chemical application. *Do you have your applicator's license? *Is it needed in your area? *It looks like there is a pond within this work area. *If that's the case, you better make sure you CYA from a regulatory side before bidding. *EPA is strict like crazy when water is involved.

Wow, I've asked you a ton of questions...sorry.


LOL, i know i am putting alot of commerical bids in. Even though if i put in 10 bids i might get 3 or 4 or maybe all of them,lol.. just a chance to take and if i have the overhead for all them. When i am busy and bringing in alot of revenue, i have about 2 to 3 people helping me including myself. I have 2 mowers, 2 weedeaters, 2 blowers, 2 trimmers, 2 edgers, and $60,000 in all lawn service

My hourly rate is about $60 an hour with employes at $10 an hour.

i might try sticking to commerical, but i wouldnt mind doing residental also, i have had some bad experiances in residental(people not paying, and then playing the waiting game) its alot less pressure on getting money with commerical so far anyway,lol.

Alot of my residentals are verbal,,, so i am guessing i need to start doing contracts on residental so that way i know i will get my money of what me and the client agreed on, and late charges and so on. And if they are serious about getting the lawn serviced or not,lol if u know what i mean

i have already turned in my bids,I havent heard from any of them yet, but i have called some and they keep telling me they have picked anyone just yet(alot of them i have showed on here, plus wachovia), , but they ask who i am and so on and so on.
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