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nriddle77
05-01-2007, 05:54 PM
I'd like to hear what others are charging per hour. For work other than mowing, do you have a flat hourly rate, and if so what is it? I am hoping to hear from guys here in OK or surrounding areas.
Thanks

z_clark
05-01-2007, 06:24 PM
$32 for current customers. $35+ for one timers.

nriddle77
05-01-2007, 08:44 PM
Thanks Z Clark. Anyone else? The reason I'm asking is that a friend told me today that he would loose customers if he tried to charge them $35/hr.
Just wondering what others thought.

PTP
05-01-2007, 10:09 PM
When I was working solo, I figured that I was worth about $60 an hour when I was mowing. By that standard, I would charge that same amount when doing other work. But I only told my customers the rate when asked directly. They had trouble understanding why the lawn boy made twice as much as they did.

txgrassguy
05-02-2007, 01:00 AM
I do not explain to customers what I consider to be an internal cost figure.
When asked what my hourly rate, I politely refuse to discuss this with them.
Instead I will estimate the time necessary and will use a figure not below $40.00/hr for general landscaping work.
Tree trimming starts at $45.00/hour until a ladder is involved, then it is a minimum of $55.00/hr due to Workers Comp rates.
Irrigation work is estimated for installs at a minimum of $50.00/labor hour, repairs are $65.00/labor hour - for seniors I have a flat labor rate discount of 10%/hour plus a 20% discount on retail costs of parts.
Never, EVER, discuss your labor rates with customers - simply estimate the work and quote accordingly.
Say your are asked for extra time at a residence to, I don't know - lets say hang outdoor christmas lights. You figure it will take 3 hours, your base labor rate according to your cost overhead profile requires $40.00/hr minimum. So you estimate $120.00 + your 30% profit margin and come up with a final estimate of approximately $165.00.
Your negotiation amount is contained with-in the 30% mark up so your base operation cost is met.
This business ideology can be applied to all the services you provide.

nriddle77
05-02-2007, 01:43 PM
Alan, thanks for your reply. I respect your opinion and am glad to hear from you.

TX Lawn Guy- very well said. Discussing specific numbers with customers can cause problems. Thanks for your input as well.

Babbages01
05-05-2007, 09:30 PM
I work things out so I make about $30 an hour.

PTP
05-05-2007, 10:29 PM
I also determined that my employees were not quite as efficient as I was so the rate for them was $40 per hour.

ranger351w
05-09-2007, 08:27 AM
I charge for what I do . 30.00 hr for regular cleanup. 35.00 for new customers.
Nasty is proportional to how nasty jobs are "charge A lot" all work plus equipment cost. Don't care if I do the nasty ones. If I don't like the job you can't make me do it. Thats in Ia. though.

Mike