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Paul Baillie replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"I price grass cuts as a fixed price and then charge most other maintenance at an hourly rate. 
A lot of my customers come from referrals and folk seeing my van (large sign writing which stands out and easy to remember) Far too many folk don’t sign w…"
6 minutes ago
Michael callis replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"I like you am in my first year of business. At the start I would get a little disheartened if I was told I was expensive and I really wasn't.
I have 2 customers now where I work by the hour as I acquired them from the start. Every job is always pric…"
6 minutes ago
Adam Patterson replied to Ben Mallow's discussion Stihl cordless hedge trimmers and where to buy
"Yea that was something I would be very dubious about! For what it's worth I would say he would make more from Husqvarna as over here in NI stihl is passed through so many hands before it gets to the end user.
he said it was because Husqvarna have be…"
41 minutes ago
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Dave Colton replied to Ben Mallow's discussion Stihl cordless hedge trimmers and where to buy
"I dont personally have experience of the Huskies but on a visit to chatsworth house last week they were cutting the yew hedges and were using both Huskies and Stihl cordless, so I asked them if they had a preference and all 3 of them said it made no…"
1 hour ago
Adam Patterson replied to Ben Mallow's discussion Stihl cordless hedge trimmers and where to buy
"I was wondering the same thing yesterday myself. I asked my local dealer and he recommended husqvarnas cordless range over stihls (he sells both so should be impartial)
Has anyone any experience on the husky cordless range? Thanks "
1 hour ago
Glen Stillman replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Yeah I realise I'm very much in the minority working to an hourly rate, but it works well for me. I have been with most of my customers for over ten years and it's all very flexible re working hours. There is trust both ways. If I need to be on site…"
1 hour ago
Josie Hendrick replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"This is really helpful John and I think you're right. I run myself ragged trying to get everything done in 2 hours which I wasn't doing with the larger one off jobs which is probably why I preferred them. Lots of food for thought here."
2 hours ago
John F replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"The fatigue you mention Josie could be a result of trying to get through too much work in the allocated slot , You will naturally feel too exhausted to move on to the next customer if you burn yourself out and especially if you are performing a vari…"
2 hours ago
Josie Hendrick replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Thanks Gary - am planning to upgrade my membership so I'll no doubt find more info on this topic then. And have got so far as downloading the Hourly Rate Calculator so you're right maybe I'll have a better idea what to charge when I see clearly what…"
2 hours ago
Gary RK replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Josie, if you haven’t already, go to LJN’s Home Page, scroll down to the green footer and find the link to the ‘Hourly Rate Calculator’.
This is not directly related to customer hourly charging but more helps you establish your costs, what you need…"
2 hours ago
Josie Hendrick replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Understanding my costs is another area I need to think about I think. I got carried away with early bookings and haven't thought all the business side of things through - thanks for this."
2 hours ago
Brian Henley replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Glen 
I keep fairly detailed records of lawn areas and times for the lawns I cut.  Push mowing per minutes for me varies between £0.42 and £1.25.  My average is 70 pence per minute. Obviously I plan to raise the 42p per minute lawn.... I would agree…"
2 hours ago
Josie Hendrick replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"That's a good point re lawn care guys. My customers so far are a bit of a hodge podge so working out where my skills and therefore ideal clients lie is probably worth thinking about too."
2 hours ago
Josie Hendrick replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"I think finding pricing that works for my business is key and I guess that's what I'm realising I'm not, thanks for clarifying I am a bit cheap (which you're right I did suspect)!"
2 hours ago
Ben Mallow replied to Ben Mallow's discussion Stihl cordless hedge trimmers and where to buy
"Thanks Nick, they are only 35 minutes from me. Will give them a go!
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2 hours ago
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