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We are starting a general lawn mowing business in Cairns, QLD.  We need help with:

  • Minimum pricing per yard, what is the best base price?
  • Best way to receive payments from clients

Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:35 AM

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Gday guys.  My minimum is $40. For anything!!  ''Can you come over and pickup some Palm fronds?'' Sure minimum is $40 ''oh but theres only a little bit'' Sorry thats it. Didnt get that job  :) And didnt miss it one little bit.


Posted 04 April 2017 - 01:10 PM

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Good question. I asked this year's ago on another forum. Couldn't get a helpful response. Not trying to knock off anyone's customer base or undercut, just wanted a ball park figure and some tips. Cairns is a varied place. Northern beachs, you could command a higher fee say $50, you need a minimum, but also a defensive price to justify a higher rate. Don't get caught with a lot of edging and several levels or lawn areas. I jokingly tell some customers I mow for nothing but charge for the edging. You need to be able to assess the property for either quickness or cumbersome nature. Cash is king, if you can get it, but a lot will pay by direct credit. Have a quick text set up on your phone, and send it out on job completion. Include cost along with payment details. Keep it simple, issue receipts if they want one, or offer to issue a quarterly or annual statement if they want one for tax purposes.
Posted 04 April 2017 - 06:13 PM

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I was mowing in Cairns until late 2013.

It's mostly buffalo and the odd Queensland blue couch, not much else.

Don't worry about the competition and bother undercutting their prices, just do a good job.

The turnover for mowing contractors is large, many find the work too hard and give in or fall in love with cute backpackers and lose interest.

Palm fronds will be a huge part of your business. Get a long handled 2 or 3 tined fork for stock piled wet and rotting fronds.

Cairns has several types of suburb/localities or 'block types' you can usually tell what it will be like just from the address.

Each of these has different set of service requirements.

• Sand areas with low growth rate - you can afford to go cheaper on these.

• Low flat areas are usually wet and fast growing, a lot of times emptying the catcher you will need to charge more for these.

• Slopes/steep areas - Name your price, these will wear you out quickly, are usually very irregular in shape and covered in fronds and palm nuts.

 

Price for small to average blocks back then (2013) were $40-60, corner blocks $50-80, but the locality will affect the price due to the level of work involved.

Good luck with your new endeavour.

PM me if you would like any hints or further discussion, I mowed from Gordonvale to the Northern Beaches and up to Kuranda for more than 10 years.

 

EDIT: Never complain about the prices at the Portsmith dump, it is $35 per cubic meter in Melbourne!


Posted 04 April 2017 - 10:52 PM

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$15


Posted 05 April 2017 - 09:25 AM

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Thanks everyone this has helped a lot.


Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:39 PM

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$40


Posted 05 April 2017 - 08:35 PM

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Mines the same as Jims Mowing.

 

Quote only. 

 

Mowing $60 an hr

 

Hedging, chainsaw work etc $120 an hr.

 

Cash is king, bank transfers good.


Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:07 PM




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