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Originally Posted by BetterLawns&Gardens View Post
TuffTurfLawnCare, I had seen where other people had posted using that method and some had said that it was ok to use but others had said that you can't account for large ditches and high hills, and other problems that don't show up on there... so that is why i hadn't decided to do that method. But wouldn't that have given me the square footage for the entire property? I obviously won't be mowing their home or driveway? But i guess that is when you just figure the lawn is no bigger than said sq ft and it won't actually take that long. better to over estimate than under huh?

Jim Marshall Thank you for that!!! I had just started looking into the legalities of employees, and wondered how you could budget for those things also in reading the books that i picked up it said that if i have employees that I can't be a sole proprietor? is this true?

205mx I have always been an over thinker, and always make things more complicated but in my mind I would rather go in knowing way more than what I need to than walking in looking like an idiot because I have no clue what I am doing.

Thanks again everyone!
For me when I measure a lot I measure the whole lot and go off that beause it takes just as much time to mow around and tim the house, drive, and other stuff as if they were not there, also sometimes it takes longer because what you have to mow around. As far as price break down here is what I came up with the other day. If you paying someone 10 a hour on the books you are really paying close to 15 with taxes and insurance. Now what I did what take my fuel, cost of equipment per week and then divided it by 40 for per hour. For me it come to 12 a hour then add labor cost so that's 27 a hour before I make a profit. So if I want to profit $10 a hour I need to maintain $37 a hour and in order to do that I need to charge $60 a hour to average $30-$40 all day. In reality your working in place of an employee but your still an $15 a hour expense to your business. I hope that all makes sense.
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