Greetings! As 2009 comes to a close, I wanted to let you know about some changes that will be happening at The Project Professional. First off, due to insurance issues, I will be discontinuing services outside the realm of landscaping and professional organization as of January 1, 2010. My basic labor rates for landscaping and organizing will be increasing to $50 per hour. Seniors aged 60 and over will receive a 15% discount on all services. As always, I am willing to consider barters and trades for my services.
As you may remember, when I first started the business I was relying on my clients to provide tools and supplies for their odd jobs and had set my rates accordingly. I found this to not be the most effective use of time, and results were not as consistent as I was aiming for. I have invested in tools and supplies, including a truck for jobs that require hauling, to bring you better results.
I have been advised by my accountant and the state of Iowa that sales tax applies to my landscaping services. You will see a 6 or 7% sales tax charge on your bill depending on your locality.
Additionally, I am committed to advancing my skills and knowledge. This fall I have taken continuing education classes in both fields and am registered for more throughout the winter and spring. A very large portion of my landscape knowledge has come from my parents, and in hearing my mother’s excitement after her completion of the Iowa Master Gardener Program offered through the Iowa State Extension Service, I am planning to enroll for this great program next fall. I look forward to furthering my education for higher quality service to you and our community.
Although I am narrowing my field of focus to landscaping and professional organizing, I encourage you to contact me if you have an odd job you’re not sure who to turn to. If your project is something I cannot personally help you with, I hope to be able to refer you to someone else who can.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to working with you in 2010!
Best wishes for the New Year,
Tracy K. Pierce