View Full Version : Travel Time

10-29-2008, 07:46 PM
How do you calculate travel time? Just by taking your hourly labor rate and calculate accordingly or some other way?


10-29-2008, 08:39 PM
You get paid for travel time?

10-29-2008, 09:30 PM
What for? To estimate for a client bid? For payroll purposes? Whether it is included in job costing?

..why ask a question when you don't give us a chance to answer it for you without making a guess.

10-30-2008, 02:43 AM
Write down the time you get to each job and the time you leave. Subtract that from the time you leave your shop until you get back. Duh

Az Gardener
10-30-2008, 08:49 AM
Here is a link to an old thread where this topic and how to measure it was discussed at length. http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=175022&highlight=production+ratio

01-16-2009, 11:17 AM
does anybody know , say for example im bidding a job that is 6 hrs away , what the law in florida is for paying employees travel time to and from the job site . yrs ago when i worked for a guy i think he paid us 60% of our hourly rate, but i cant remeber and cant seem to find it anywhere. thanks

01-16-2009, 12:12 PM
you have to pay regular pay for travel time, its not the empoyees fault that you took a job so far away.

01-16-2009, 12:38 PM
lol yea , thanks , they can always take the day off.. and use day labor. but im still wondering if that is the florida law though.

01-16-2009, 01:40 PM

Log the time you leave the office...
Log start and stop times at each property.
Log the time you end at the office.

Add time on each property together.
Divide by total time (stop time minus start time).
Multiply by 100.
Result is what percentage of the workday you actually spent working.
Use that percentage to figure markup for bids, rout efficiency, etc.

Calculate it daily (You can make a form that helps the crew do it themselves) and you (or your crew) will become more excited about seeing how efficient you can be.

"60% efficiency last week, let's see if we can hit 75% today"

A benefit to the crew logging this on a piece of paper is you have evidence of when they did the work.

"Mam, we did service your property on July 11th. We showed up on your property at 11:34 and left at 11:58." (I have had to do this a couple times. It is nice to have)

You can use that same sheet to log employee hours.

Az Gardener
01-16-2009, 01:55 PM
Or you can get Hindsite software and it will do it for you.

01-16-2009, 02:23 PM
Now why did you have to go and make it easy AZ? Gosh! :laugh: