Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-03-2003, 11:45 PM
Signature Services's Avatar
Signature Services Signature Services is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Southeastern
Posts: 43
pricing

Have a question.... I want to charge $40.00 per hour. So, if I have a job I guess-timate to be 1 hour and 30 minutes I should charge $60 per time, right?
Is there a difference from commercial to residential? How do I figure overhead (equipment costs, gas, travel)?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-04-2003, 12:39 PM
CoachLinz CoachLinz is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: York, PA
Posts: 126
I'm just getting started in this myself, but here's what I've done for now. I figured out roughly what my overhead would be for a lawn that would take an hour. Then I factored that in to figure what I'd like to make per hour and what my market will support. My goal is to make between $40 and $60 per hour. My area has varying socio-economic areas - some will support and pay higher pricing, other can't and won't. I'm trying to stick to the areas that can pay for quality, reliable service at about $60/hour. Keep in mind, I'm offering not only lawn care, but small landscaping jobs and mulch also. I started advertising last week and I've got 3 estimates set up already for landscape/mulch jobs and it looks like I've got 2 nice size lawn accounts set up. I'm a school teacher full-time.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-05-2003, 04:49 PM
Let it Grow Let it Grow is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Posts: 476
Go fill up the gas tank in your truck and your mower, and see how long it goes. If it lasts a week then divide the cost of the gas by 7 (number of days in a week). Then you know how much your daily gas costs are. Do this with every other expense, (payroll, parts, equip. maintainance, etc) and you will come up with your daily expenses. Then take your daily expenses and divide them by the number of hours you work everyday and you will have your hourly expenses. Then you will know that you need to be making AT LEAST that numer to break even. After that is done, figure out how much profit you want to make per hour, and tack that on and you have your final hourly price.
After you get your hourly price, then you can go give out estimates BUT do NOT tell potential customers your hourly rate, tell them what you would charge to do the job. If they find out that you are charging $40 per hour (or however much you are charging) they won't want to pay that!
As far as residential & commercial stuff, yes usually you do charge more for commercial accounts. The reason for this is because most commercial accounts require that you have insurance which makes your costs go up.
Good luck!!!
__________________
The Institute for Incomplete Studies found that 3 out of 4
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:04 PM.

Page generated in 0.06960 seconds with 9 queries