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Old 07-28-2005, 03:15 AM   #11
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Well, I asked what the guy who was coming there charged and I also read some of the excellent advice already given on wet web media. For a fish and ivert only tank I'm charging $35 an hour 1 hour minimum, right now. Once I can get a good customer base I'll probably slowly raise it up to $45. That price is all inlclusive includes food, water, salt, and any additives. It doesnt include livestock though. I went low enough to at least break even maybe make a little profit just to get my foot in the door and get a good reference.

I decided right now would be a good time to start. I have at least 6 months until I have to go back to workin for the man, so hopefully I can do this full time eventually. If that could happen in 6 months that would be great, but I'm not expecting it to.

You should call around your area (or nearest) for places that already do this service and then that could give you an idea what to charge. I'm sure there is a market for you, there is suprising little competition here even being next to San Francisco and surrounding yuppie areas. Doctors and dentists offices, funeral homes, corporate offices, wealthy residentials are where to go for customers.

I've never worked in the aquarium field before, I dont think its necessary. Just make sure you know basic SW care and equip, which isnt that much different than FW.
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Im sure that the closest service that does this is at least 100 miles away from me 8O
I have done the looking in the phone book.. even the surrounding areas on the internet yellow pages.. there just isnt any businesses doing this in central KY.. I dont really know why..
general SW care and equipment is something I already know.. I try not to post in the SW area too often because I think the extra time would be a little much for me.. I post alot as it is..
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$35/hour including additives is dirt cheap, especially considering what a 250G reef would take in additives/nutrients.....you may wish to pro-rate based on gallonage.
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im sure you'll do well. but i dont get the doctor hireing you? is it like.. a different kind of doctor?
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That is a good price. The guys in my area are charging 60$ an hour for maintenance.
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Old 08-03-2005, 05:56 AM   #17
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That is a good price. The guys in my area are charging 60$ an hour for maintenance.
$60-$75/hour (labour only) seems pretty standard.
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well, I'm trying to get my foot in the door. I know its dirt cheap, If I can get his tank which is only a 55 gallon FO, 35 bucks will cover all the materials.
Even though that is dirt cheap, do you know he called me back after telling his staff to give me a call and asked me if I could do any better????
He wanted a quote on switching from salt to fresh and I quoted about 400 bucks, which only gives me about 175 of that and he thought that was too high. Cheap ***** . So, I'm going to step up my marketing and try to find someone who actually wants to see their fish I know paying for algae coated tanks are all the rage now I guess :P
I know he wont find it cheaper, so I'll wait for him to call back and then rip him for everything.
I'm going to market in the richer areas where 400 bucks is like a dollar to them. I love people who spend like a grand on their tank and then 35 bucks a week is just too much to take care of it. But hes paying the other guy 25 bucks + materials for an algae coated fire trap. Go figure.
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well, I'm trying to get my foot in the door. I know its dirt cheap, If I can get his tank which is only a 55 gallon FO, 35 bucks will cover all the materials.
Yes, but by underselling yourself, you could be making it almost impossible to raise your prices more than 5%/annum in future....which will likely not even cover inflationary costs.

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Many doctors I know are amongst the most... thrifty...people I know.
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I know what youre saying. Thats not my "advertised" rate, just a rate I gave him because I like the OTHER doctor there who has been so great to me and my family. And I was hoping to get a reference too.

I know doctors are cheapskates, I used to work for a couple They also have the "I'm a doctor and I'm God" syndrome (most do anyway)
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