I have a $140 minimum. Next threshold will be $160. Start charging for on-site proposals that can be applied towards to job if hired. That will weed out, well, the weeds.I currently have a minimum of $119 and am considering raising it to $149.. I have found over the past 3 years of being in business that it is just not worth my time to travel to a job, spend 20 min unloading a truck, 15 to load back up to do 3 rooms of carpet that takes a total of 2 hrs total time or more depending on travel for 119 bucks. These clients that ponder what rooms to have done just to meet the minimum usually have the dirtiest carpet requiring the most amount of time and in my opinion they deserve the hacks that will even go less than that just to get work.
There was a period in time when I was just starting out that I would let these ppl run all over me for 119 to get work but I now realize that my services far out value their dirty carpets and outragous expections. What will you guys start your trucks for and what is your minimum and why?
Damn...I charge $279.95 for sectionals all day long, in TexasIt's more the boarder town (you can look into Juarez from I-10) attitude of thinking cheap then the oil prices here. Even my wife is still stuck in her mexican thinking and says my upholstery prices are expensive, I charge $30 for a recliner, $50 love seat, $60 sofa and $90 sectional. I hardly do any upholstery jobs, maybe 1-2 a month.
I have increased my prices since I posted those prices. Now a recliner is $45, loveseat $65, 3 person sofa $75 and sectional is $130. Still low but it is what it is and I believe my upholstery prices are higher than most in my area.Damn...I charge $279.95 for sectionals all day long, in Texas
Good advice. How long did it take you to reach that 20+ calls week. I assume that's 20+ jobs too?IMHO you can only raise prices when your call volume increases and that takes time.
Once you get to 20+ calls a week or more then you can raise prices.
I recently substantially raised my prices and naturally my jobs decreased BUT I make more per job now, so I work less for the same income.
I love doing $500 and being done by lunch, or make $1500 in 2 days
I'm paying $1300 a month for marketing in local print ad magazine.Good advice. How long did it take you to reach that 20+ calls week. I assume that's 20+ jobs too?