This thread has only recently come to my attention and will do my best to address the points/concerns put forward in the posts
Plucka thanks for the comment - we use aerial imagery in the Australian cities we will operate in. These images are six times higher res than google maps and are updated every 12 weeks. The visuals/area selection is only 1 factor in our pricing algorithm. While the app looks beautifully simply in its design, there is quite a lot of architecture behind the app that has been years in development. On top of this there are marketing and advertising costs as well. We provide confirmed jobs directly to contractors with attractive fees – you don’t have to bid for these jobs, nor do you have to spend any of your own marketing and advertising dollars to secure them.
LOL, yes I saw this too yesterday in my feed. Ridiculous that every lawn would be the same as it is in the sat photo.
Hi colsy, our aerial imagery is updated every 12 weeks and is six times more accurate with higher resolutions than google maps. Furthermore, if you get to the job and believe it will take longer to do the job than the money it was quoted, you can propose a new fee, which the client must accept before you begin to mow. We believe this will ensure you get paid the fair price for mowing the lawn.
--a lot of beer Bobs will fall for it.....here's another Oz one http://www.joemow.com.au/ come in spinner
That site is a joke, they say having a scheduled mow is "a scam". And $66/hour set fee, the contractor only gets $45/hr out of that. Clueless.
Plucka - Airmow has never said ‘having a scheduled mow is a scam’ – this must be another company, because you can schedule mowing on our app as well as have on-demand. Also, at Airmow we don’t subscribe to an hourly rate for mowing a lawn – we know the very best contractors can be quite efficient when it comes to mowing – that’s why we pay according to the size of the lawn – this benefits the very best contractors who are good at their work.
I bet they didn't speak to one contracter about their bright idea before going in boots and all.. because anyone who does this for a living would have told them they are dreaming..
Ply313, I cant speak for other companies however at Airmow we have worked with many contractors across Australia to develop a fair pricing model. We don’t profess to be the cheapest lawn mowing service in Australia – nor are we the most expensive ; we have consulted many lawn mowing contractors to ensure we pay the going rate – we believe this is important in order to attract the very best contractors in Australia (if you want a quality job done, you have to pay accordingly). We believe the benefits to consumers who use the on demand system far outweighs the hassles associated with going for a budget lawn mowing service.
Devils advocate here.
There are a number of these around, Quickmow and Green Socks in Brisbane at least.
They have their place and I dont see them as a threat to the average lawnie out there.
They set a reasonable benchmark minimum (66), and frankly weed out the annoying one off calls during the busy times.
Upside for contractors are when your starting up and have lots of spare capacity, why not go and do a few jobs on the side. Good way to learn your trade whilst getting paid, and gives you a good idea of the type of clients you want (or dont want).
I certainly don't see them as a threat.
Trevc, thanks for your comment – our Airmow app aims to innovate the industry by giving current contractors an excellent tool that can be used alongside their current booking model. We are not aiming to undercut their prices like some other online services. Our prices are fixed, automatically calculated according to the size of the lawn (and other factors) and these rates have been calculated in consultation with your peers, i.e. other lawn mowing contractors. We believe there is enough business to go around – especially during the summer months when customers find it harder to book a contractor because their schedules are full. Our app allows for a same day service, which is a true innovation that we believe consumers will love.
We vet all contractors who join our platform and any poor performers are kicked off. Plus contractors who give the best service will be given priority ranking thanks to our algorithm that preferences the people with the best customer satisfaction ranking. That’s why the best lawn mowing contractors will be rewarded on Airmow.
We encourage these contractors to register as partners to so that we can help place more jobs in their schedule (when they are not so busy).
20% ? (as towmater would say) "that"s funny right there"
It also appears you don't get paid directly instead it comes from the company that runs the scheme . Nup unless the money is held in a trusted independent account so nobody gets their filthy mits on it until job done i'd steer clear of it
Scorpnz, thanks for the comment. Yes we charge 20% , however consider the following – we provide insurance cover - no franchise fees – it’s free to join, no time wasting call outs to quote (this means you become more productive and can earn more money - no chasing of invoices – we pay you swiftly, and ease of scheduling and rescheduling. Everything is done within the app
Customer payments are held in escrow (http://assemblypayments.com.au) and once the job is completed, 80% is automatically paid into the contractor’s nominated bank account.
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