Originally Posted by jma91678
Well it didn't start out to well. At first all she wanted was a basic mow. That's OK but the lawn looked as if it had never been edged before. So after I offered to edge it for free with a signed seasonal contract she opened up. I left her with a written proposal and a copy of my contract to go over with her husband. Hoping they bite if not oh well. I gave her a bid that was more than fair. The yard was basically flat with only 2 trees. Maybe 40 ft of trimming. I gave her a quote of $35 a now with contract. How was my first bid. Mind you I'm only a 1 man band. Job should take 35/40 min to complete start to finish. One question that was brought up was what do I do if we get no rain and yards don't need mowed. I told her we would just not bill for the effected weeks and keep it simple. Was that a correct answer? If not what should I have said? That's foe all your help.
Thats a tough one. All areas are very different. For example, last year the US had a mjor drought....but my area wasn't affected hardly at all. The midwest guys were hurtin pretty bad.
Some guys on here say they charge for it anyway, and that the customer is paying for a service and basically pay to keep them on your schedule. I've tried it for my area, and all it did was get a few customers pretty mad with me. Here is what I did to supplement it:
Weekly mowing customers: During the months where the grass is growing fast, quickly cuts will be performed. During the months where the grass slows down, biweekly cuts will be performed.
Biweekly- Most lawns here can be cut biweekly with no problem. During late fall they will only end up getting cut once depending on the weather.
Full service- One flat rate. If I show up 1 time or 4 times, its still the same price.
I have a max number of customers I have in mind each year. Since I work a full time job, I try to cut 3 to 4 lawns a day, and try to fill my schedule Monday-Thursday leaving Friday's open for mulch, shurbs, weeding, etc.
So for your questions, it depends on how you want to try it. You could try what some do and charge regardless if it needs to be cut, or you can charge it how I do it. The way I do it can be confusing, and is harder work trying to fill slots! But I'd rather keep them happy.