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Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

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I mow a lawn thats about an acre if not just a little over with a lot of trimming and a big bank to mow. I charge $90 a week takes about hour and a half. I wouldn't pull up to the house and unload for $50.
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I gave her an estimate of $40-50 a week, she immediately said that was to much and couldn't afford it, she would call me back and let me know, i highly doubt i am going to be doing it.

I figured with the extra trimming and push mowing plus bagging it was going to cost at least $40.

Do you think I over bid the price, or was i right on?
If this is an hour's worth of work, what would be the cheapest you would be willing to do the job for?

It seems to me you would need to charge at least what you bid on it and any lower could mean losing money.
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If this is an hour's worth of work, what would be the cheapest you would be willing to do the job for?

It seems to me you would need to charge at least what you bid on it and any lower could mean losing money.
If it took me an hour to mow and trim it, I would charge her no less than $50, that's why i told her $40-$50.


I don't want to start a new topic about this, but I would like to possibly pick up a couple yards to do this year without investing too much money into it. What do you think would be a good way to get my name out to a couple potential clients?
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If it took me an hour to mow and trim it, I would charge her no less than $50, that's why i told her $40-$50.


I don't want to start a new topic about this, but I would like to possibly pick up a couple yards to do this year without investing too much money into it. What do you think would be a good way to get my name out to a couple potential clients?
Flyers, signs on a pole, grocery store bullitin board, word of mouth. Have a commercial mower ready I know it sounds like a lot but you have to have it and they are easy to pay off once you get started. Motivate yourself aviod fenced small gates.
Ps. That yard you bid was low you should be getting 60 dollars an hour with a commercial walk behind. if you push mow it and bag it you should be at least getting 60 dollars an hour. PERIOD. GOOD LUCK HOPE THIS HELPS.
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Are you also working your social network? Are you asking for referrals?
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I'm thinking about maybe having some postcards made and mailing them out locally, I am only aiming for maybe 2-3 yards to take care of for now. Does it sound like a decent plan or a waste of money?
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I wouldnt count on some kid doing it. What happens is the first time there like yeah Ill do it for $20. Then they do it and never come back. I cant tell you how many times I been told this.
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I wouldnt count on some kid doing it. What happens is the first time there like yeah Ill do it for $20. Then they do it and never come back. I cant tell you how many times I been told this.
Yeah, I am really hoping she chooses me to do it, but I haven't heard anything back from her and i'm starting to think she is either going to find someone to do it really cheap, or talk someone into doing it for free.
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but I haven't heard anything back from her and i'm starting to think she is either going to find someone to do it really cheap, or talk someone into doing it for free.
Have you called back to see if she has anymore questions about your bid?


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I'm thinking about maybe having some postcards made and mailing them out locally, I am only aiming for maybe 2-3 yards to take care of for now. Does it sound like a decent plan or a waste of money?
If you want to grow, you have to experiment with your marketing. Why not try it and see what kind of response you get?
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$40 seems low to me. If you bag it, you can figure double the labor for taking the time to bag it, load the clippings in a truck/trailer, or a bag if you do it that way, then you have the cost of the bags, or the fact that you have to unload it if on truck/trailer, and pay disposal fee if you dont have free dump site.
I would explain the benefits of mulching, and if you bag it, it just goes into a "landfill". Give her 2 prices, one inflated w/bagging, and the other being your normal rate for just mowing. Unless her lawn is ridiculously thick, anda fast grower, there is no need to bag. Im wondering if she wants it bagged because the last guy didnt do it regularly, and it wohld get too overgrown, and need to be bagged.
Couldn't have said it better myself....good advice.
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