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Old 02-11-2010, 03:53 PM
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Hi Steve, It's nice to know that you're a fellow North Carolinian, However, I'm originally from Savannah, GA but chose NC as my current home or state of residence after retirement from the military. As far as having customers who want their lawn serviced only twice a month it doesn't bother me, because if we don't have heavy rains the grass just doesn't get that long between cuts and it doesn't put excessive wear on my equipment. I also have a minimum charge per service of 50.00 for Bi - Weekly service no matter how small the lawn, but the average lawn in my community takes between 30-45 mins. my goal is to make at least 50.00 per hour. I do have lawns that I charge 60.00, 75.00 and 100.00 per cut. I look at it as an opportunity to grow by not cutting the same customer every week, because I have one client that I cut every week for 35.00 per week. that's an additional 40.00 per month, but if I get another client and charge 50.00 per visit, after two visits for the month I've made 100.00 a 60.00 profit. The final point is that the majority of clients in the area prefer every two weeks. Again Steve thanx for the input and I'm open for any and all suggestions
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Do you run into a similar situation where your customers only want their lawn cut twice a month? How do you deal with this?
We have to do what the customer wants. I have several clients that are done bi-wekly. They are charged more for this service than they would if it was weekly, but for the month, they are saving.
It also depends on the area, do they have irregation, etc. All of my upper scale clients are always weekly mows. We only start bi-weekly in Dec.-March then we go back to weekly.
What I do as far as scheduling is that I spread out the bi-weeklys. I will cut half of them one week and half the next. This way we are not overwhelmed in any given week.
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There is always going to be someone who is willing to work for free (this is what I call lowballing). However, there is plenty of grass out there for all of us.

Set the price you are comfortable with a stick to it.
You can come down if you get two or more jobs next to each other.
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I just walked away from a 2 hour excavation job as the prospect did not want to pay the $75.00 transportation fee, all my excavators are wrapped and somewhat buried in snow, I explained it would take me an hour to get an excavator out and loaded, 45 min travel time each way. He said no that is too much we will call around, an hour later he called to say he couldn't find anyone, I explained after thinking about it the job was just too small for the effort, although we work in this area a lot and I could do it in the spring when the equipment is on the road, it won't work for him as it's his well that is leaking, actually glad I was able to get out of it although it would have been something to do on a Friday afternoon....back to woodworking where it's a heck of a lot warmer than working outside.
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What do you do in such situations? And how do you know the approximate length in time it will take?
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What do you do in such situations? And how do you know the approximate length in time it will take?
I know where the house is as we did work for the neighbour and I guess they took a card from the side of the truck. They knew the pipe that goes into the well head was leaking, they knew it was down 28" and needed in dug back 4 feet, I could do that in 20 min with the mid sized excavator but it isn't worth unwrapping, all the excavators were sprayed for the winter, digging the excavator and the trailer out, hooking everything up, loading, driving etc.

I would be shocked if any of the guys with small excavators would dig their equipment out for a job so small, once completed they wanted it back filled so that the pipe doesn't freeze which means I would be waiting around for the well guy to repair the pipe.

In the spring if we are in the area which we will be, I would have stopped by and done it on route to a bigger job.
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How big of an issue is it during the winter, digging into frozen ground? Does that cause many problems or is that not an issues at all?
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