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Dugann
04-13-2008, 09:17 PM
Small town SW Arkansas population 6K. We do lawn maintenance already and property clean up. Our rate is $20.00 a hour, and $25.00 if we have to use chain saw, DR brush mower, or other special equipment.

We are getting more and more land scape jobs. IE mulch, planting, rock work, fertilization, etc. I was thinking of the same base rate $20.00 a hour and mark up + mileage on anything I have to go buy. What do you guys in landscaping do? Just keep in mind this is a lower income area so I know the standard of living is different in SW Arkansas compared to Denver etc.

Thanks in advance.

davis45
04-13-2008, 09:19 PM
triple your price.

ALC-GregH
04-13-2008, 09:26 PM
Are you Licensed and Insured? At the rate your charging, maybe I can hire you to do all my work! $20 a hr is chump change for GOOD landscaping design/work. Are you offering that?

Dugann
04-13-2008, 09:32 PM
I am insured with 1,000,000. I am not offering land scape design. Just work maybe maintenance is better word. we have built some flower beds, really nice one if I do say so my self that the individuals wanted done. Small scale nothing huge. Weeding, new mulch, hedges/shrub, planting etc. Still too low for that sort of work???

davis45
04-13-2008, 09:43 PM
Insured, workers comp, pay taxes? If yes, your WAY underpriced.

Dugann
04-13-2008, 10:27 PM
yes I am insured, I do pay workers comp, and taxes. I have 1 employee besides my self. I am starting to feel like I have been making a huge mistake in priceing even for a small town in a very poor region of the country.

PerfectEarth
04-13-2008, 10:34 PM
Wow, that is low. Not sure what your overhead is but that seems horribll low.

I am at least triple that per hour- and after operating costs (fuel, taxes, salary [sometimes...], insurance, self-employment tax, pesticide app fees, DOT fees, etc etc etc etc... blah blah blah I could go on all day), I think the profit from my labor is like 4 bucks an hour! hahah.

Dugann
04-13-2008, 10:41 PM
Think I am going to cry:p I need a beer hehe.

hef37087
04-13-2008, 11:05 PM
The average in middle TN. is 35-45 pending the area.

CLARK LAWN
04-13-2008, 11:15 PM
the cost of living dont get much lower than it is around here and i charge alot more than that. it costs me almost that much for an employee when you ad up all the expenses.

NHMTMN1
04-14-2008, 01:09 AM
Im in a small town of about 4500 people. I would say the town in general in medium to low income. I am insured and pay taxes and comp ins. I charge 50.00 an hour and I know a couple guys getting more than me an hour.

milkie62
04-21-2008, 01:20 AM
I have a DR mower and I get around $50/hr

mngrassguy
04-21-2008, 02:08 AM
Im in a small town of about 4500 people. I would say the town in general in medium to low income. I am insured and pay taxes and comp ins. I charge 50.00 an hour and I know a couple guys getting more than me an hour.

Same here. I charge $45.00/hr for general labor-guy and a rake

timscherer
04-21-2008, 02:08 AM
You are damn near working for free, increase your price to justify your overhead cost including the taxes you will pay from your annual revenue. You need to determine all the cost involved to operate your business, then tack on the amount you want to pay yourself per hour or per job. You need to increase your rate, if you don't, you may as well fold it up and work for somebody that will pay you for your time. "TIME is MONEY"