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I officially opened for business about 4 weeks ago with my only advertising being a website , passing out a few business cards and a few Craigslist ads and so far so good,I have 7 properties signed up as clients and I only had 2 bids refused.

One refusal was a little old lady that did nothing but complain about her last service provider she had for 17 years. I gave her a reasonable price of 35bi-weekly she wanted it done for 20, not happening lady good ridings.

The second was a guy that lived about a 30 minute drive away from the house he wants cut. It's his 90 year old mother inlaws house and he's tired of making the drive to do it his self. He said he wants it cut about "3times a month or as needed." I told him I do weekly or bi-weekly and the price would be at 40 or 35. The guy gets mad and says he has an acre of grass on his property that he gets cut for 30 (yeah right, I'm supposed to believe that BS)

So in closing 7 properties gained and I'm getting steady calls 2 refuse and by the sounds of them Im glad the refused.
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Good job! A lot of times with newer start ups, we see them not so willing to stick to their prices, what is your view on why you decided to stick to your prices?
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Its sort of the middle ground in the area im targeting, and most seem comfortable with the price. Although I had 2 customers literally say your hired the second I gave them the price, which leads me to believe I could've went higher. but I'm happy with what I got.

The lady that thought she could get a cut for $20 lives in a nice area which is 3 blocks from a very affluent area in my city where I happen to know that people are paying 125 per weekly cut on half acre lots. So i was shocked when she tried to get to give a lowball price. Especially after I gave her a good one. Sometimes you just have to shake your head people cause they leave you speachless.
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where I happen to know that people are paying 125 per weekly cut on half acre lots.
That's a good thing to know the going rate. For those just getting started, how did you do your research to determine this?
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That's a good thing to know the going rate. For those just getting started, how did you do your research to determine this?
I'd see people on job sites and ask how much they charge, and they all are very willing to tell me. I guess they assume I'm a potential client so they are happy to share their rates. I also try to gauge my customers reactions and berths feel of what people in different areas are comfortable paying.

I'm pretty good at reading people so I can tell when I went to high or low o a bid.
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Oops that should say "get a feel" auto correct changed the word on me.lol
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I'm pretty good at reading people so I can tell when I went to high or low o a bid.
That would be fascinating to keep track of. Charting out how often you think you went too high or too low. Then at the end of the month you could review the data and see if you need to perform any corrections in your future bidding.
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