View Full Version : Charging by the hour vs. by the job

07-01-2007, 11:10 AM
I keep seeing people say they charge by the hour. we have never done this because we usually run through yards pretty quick. we run through most yards in 30-40 min, mostly .5 acre and up yards. can someone enlighten me. thanks.

Garden Thyme
07-01-2007, 11:14 AM
It all depends on the job you've got to do.
Most of my jobs are per hour but if it just mowing I charge per job/yard.

Focal Point Landscapes
07-01-2007, 02:54 PM
Most people charge by the job - but you need a per hour amount based on your business in order to estimate and you can determine how much revenue you generated on a job per hour. The times I see guys using an hourly rate is on jobs they don't feel comfortable with , for whatever reason. I just won't charge by the hour - to many downsides.

07-01-2007, 06:07 PM
Are you talkin' mowing or chemical?

07-01-2007, 06:12 PM
If I can provide a strong estimate based upon past experiences then I charge by the job. If its trimmimg a property and I'm unsure about the time it will take me then i charge by the hour. Mowing is usually by the job, landscaping and debris clean up is usually by the job. Trimming is usually by the hour.