Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

Gas for out of town


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-14-2012, 07:59 AM
cuttingedgeron cuttingedgeron is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 73
Rep Power: 4
cuttingedgeron is on a distinguished road
Default Gas for out of town

I called a business looking to place a bid and the owner told me immediately that he has 3 houses in another town about 25 minutes away that need mowing, the business itself need mowing and another house about 10-15 minutes away from town that needs mowing as well. I was really glad that I called about it. The total acreage is almost 9 acres. I was wondering would you guys take a job where the properties are spread apart and some distance from your home? Also, what would you charge on average for the added fuel costs to get to the other properties?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 11-14-2012, 09:27 AM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
The furthest I go from my house is 25 minutes. I'd go further, but traffic in my area is horrible. I think 5th worst in the country. On that note, I track the milage and add on .50 cents a mile to the quote.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-14-2012, 11:31 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,970
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

In general it seems you tend to take more customers who are all over the place when you are getting started and you are looking to be busy more than be profitable.

As your routes start to fill up and tighten up with more people close by each other, you tend to drop the further away ones because you make more money from clients that are close.

With that said, can you make money on these clients with the price you bid it at? Is it worthwhile to you now to take them?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-14-2012, 12:33 PM
cuttingedgeron cuttingedgeron is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 73
Rep Power: 4
cuttingedgeron is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
In general it seems you tend to take more customers who are all over the place when you are getting started and you are looking to be busy more than be profitable.

As your routes start to fill up and tighten up with more people close by each other, you tend to drop the further away ones because you make more money from clients that are close.

With that said, can you make money on these clients with the price you bid it at? Is it worthwhile to you now to take them?
Im sure you can make money, but I will not low ball them just to get the job. I have yet to give them a proposed bid, will soon though.

I would like to take the bid just to get my name out more and some business. The owner is a well established business owner in my town and Im sure if hes happy with the job he is getting from me, I will eventually get more yards by just word of mouth.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-15-2012, 10:23 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,970
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Keep us posted on how all this goes! I look forwards to your updates.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-15-2012, 10:35 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
In general it seems you tend to take more customers who are all over the place when you are getting started and you are looking to be busy more than be profitable.

As your routes start to fill up and tighten up with more people close by each other, you tend to drop the further away ones because you make more money from clients that are close.

With that said, can you make money on these clients with the price you bid it at? Is it worthwhile to you now to take them?
That is extremely true. I did this with lawn and snow at first. Now this winter all my plowing accounts are within a mile of my house. This means all plowing and no driving. I turned down jobs that were just 5 miles away because in a snow storm thats a 20 minute drive.

With the lawncare ill take further away jobs if its early in the season. This will give me a chance to take other yards that wouldnt be profitable enough to do by themselves.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-15-2012, 04:29 PM
HPI_Savage25 HPI_Savage25 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Evans, GA
Posts: 55
Rep Power: 5
HPI_Savage25 is on a distinguished road
Default

For the right price, driving isn't bad. You just have to calculate the time it takes to get there along with the gas it takes to get there and back. If its a 20 minute drive one way, that ends up being 40mins just driving. I would be charging an extra $20-30 just for the added drive time alone. Remember time is money.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The bad part of town! PineHillLawn General Talk 15 05-07-2012 07:51 PM
New in town landerslawn Introduce Yourself 4 10-20-2011 04:19 PM
Was Out Of Town arthur712 General Talk 7 09-23-2009 10:30 PM
New in town. LavaEagle Introduce Yourself 3 05-27-2009 12:27 AM
How does your town do it? Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 6 04-24-2009 07:31 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
Yesterday 08:46 PM
by Chilehead
13 650
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
Yesterday 07:26 PM
by acrajchel
9 10,049
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
Yesterday 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,089
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
Yesterday 06:59 PM
by acrajchel
7 2,994
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
Yesterday 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
2 1,354
Checmial Applications
acrajchel
Yesterday 06:44 PM
Yesterday 06:44 PM
by acrajchel
0 15
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
Yesterday 06:28 PM
by acrajchel
5 105
Ybravo 25 mowers
SGL1
06-11-2016 09:52 AM
06-21-2016 03:44 PM
by acrajchel
5 254
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-17-2016 08:46 AM
by SGL1
10 338
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
06-17-2016 08:28 AM
by SGL1
94 34,357
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
06-17-2016 06:08 AM
by SGL1
20 777
anyone interested in a...
GoGreenerKS
06-16-2016 01:00 PM
06-17-2016 02:58 AM
by SC93
4 145
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
06-16-2016 05:28 PM
by acrajchel
3 298
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
06-16-2016 05:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 289
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
06-16-2016 05:24 PM
by acrajchel
6 402
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
06-16-2016 05:22 PM
by acrajchel
9 508
How can I fix my...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
06-10-2016 07:47 PM
06-16-2016 05:19 PM
by acrajchel
2 200
Need a lil help
Cpadgett
06-05-2016 09:51 AM
06-16-2016 05:17 PM
by acrajchel
5 322
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
06-16-2016 05:01 PM
by acrajchel
4 9,718
New Member from...
tiptoppmanager
06-15-2016 07:39 AM
06-15-2016 03:18 PM
by SC93
2 137
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
06-14-2016 08:16 AM
by poppyanne
1,252 437,519
Brand new fish pond
Flynn landscaping 2016
06-12-2016 09:53 AM
06-13-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 124
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
06-06-2016 08:46 PM
by Cpadgett
11 462
New Member from Texas
NathanR
06-02-2016 06:13 PM
06-03-2016 09:17 PM
by SC93
7 292
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
06-03-2016 07:02 PM
by SGL1
3 472
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
06-03-2016 06:42 PM
by SGL1
11 727
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
05-31-2016 01:12 PM
06-02-2016 10:11 PM
by SC93
2 267
Hello from Alabama
pruzilla
05-25-2016 01:20 PM
05-26-2016 08:14 AM
by pruzilla
2 257
» Popular Tags
become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss break business education business help business management contractor hacks deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade hydro jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawncare lawn mowing lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch new business planting plowing raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care roundup safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel solo solo backpack sprayer sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up swzt toro timecutter tree tree pics tree service video walk behind what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:13 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:13 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy