Originally Posted by All Season Bill
In our area we can charge $90 for deliveries and $90 for debris removal.
If it takes two trips than $180....etc.
Last year we decided to raise our hourly labor rates. It was a bold move and it even looked expensive to us but after one year of using that rate it just became second nature to us and found out that some companies are even more expensive, so it didn't make us feel so bad. Oh yeah...and we made some money this year!
Don't feel bad bill. 2 weeks ago, we poured a cement pad. It cost around $1,200 for materials and labor. I priced the pad according to what they could afford and a little bit more, not what I thought was fair, but WHAT THEY COULD AFFORD. So the final bill came to just over 7k. It was paid within 5 days without any complaints. Of course, this was a condo not "residential"... don't do those whiners.
Moral of the story, charge as much as you can keeping mind the customers expectations. Now this example is just to illustrate the sky is the limit, so don't be shy. A friend of mine has a granite business. They do countertops for home builders and other areas where granite is utilized.
Do you think he's shy about making about 15k a day in profit... no, he works hard and charges what the market will bear.
Lawncare makes peanuts for profits, so don't be afraid to charge!!!! as much as you can.