Originally Posted by Maryjanebehave
Edgemark pays $20 a 5000 sq ft mow up to 36 inches in height. #30 for up to an acre at 36" in height, to which I cry BS!!! They are pimping you, dear sir, and you need to look around for a better company to work with. It is ethically deficit and professionally reprehensible to try and bilk us small vendors the way they do, but they continue because folks fall for it. I am in agreement with all before me, especially Safeguard Dropout...if you don't want to be treated like a dog, stop eating the dog food. (great quote Safeguard D.O., btw!)
Those prices for the grasscuts are insane, I would never do that.
I do work for several regional vendors currently, planning on moving up to nationals once I feel comfortable with the industry. I look at it a couple of ways.
1. Being new in the industry you can gain experience through the regionals, but you aren't going to make the big bucks with them.
2. The grass cuts I get you have to take the good with the bad. Meaning, I might have a couple of 30.00 cuts for 1000-5000 sqft. and they'll be on the smaller side, but then I'll have one that's actually closer to the larger side.
3. The smaller jobs with just the trip fees with photos suck, but I use it as an opportunity to find problems to bid to fix, or trashouts etc. I don't work with any companies I can't bid jobs for.
4. You have to know what's worth it for you and what you have to make. I think if you're planning on moving to this is a full time money maker then you might have to bite the bullet and take the crappy jobs in order to gain experience and/or the opportunity to bid. If you're just doing it to supplement, I think you'd be better off working at Wal Mart or something like that. Not too mention, this industry, as I'm finding out, is 24/7, 365.
My goal, as I posted in a separate forum, is to gain experience through regionals, and then move to nationals as soon as possible. I've jumped into things way too fast previously and it's blown up in my face, so I'm trying to do this the right way.