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Old 09-22-2014, 06:00 PM
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Natural/Field Stone Walk.

Ok guys...been in business for 16 years and know what I'm doing. Just need some advice on this invoice. Let me give a brief history on this client I'm billing. He's been with me as a client for 15 years. He never asks for an estimate. He basically tells me to do what I want, when I want, and how I want. I even have a key to his house. He trusts me 100% and I don't want to ever do him wrong. So with that said...I recently did a 16' x 6' stone walk...his request. We tore down an existing stone planter so the materials were already on hand. What I billed for was labor, some grass seed, and pea gravel for in between the cracks. Here is my invoice:

Materials:
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5 - Bags Pea Gravel - $19.95
10 - Pounds Grass Seed - $20.00
Pick Up/Delivery - $25.00
Tax - $2.40

Stone Walk Labor - $960.00
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TOTAL - $1027.35

I charged him $10/square foot for labor. Is that a fair discounted price? I have 25 man hours...that's 2 guys, travel, time spent picking up materials, etc. Thanks for any and all replies...much appreciated.
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:34 PM
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Give him the family price
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:18 PM
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Edit- nevermind, i finally read where it said the stone was already there, didnt see it in materials.
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:26 PM
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Thats $38 a man hour. I would definitely think thats a well discounted price.
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:52 AM
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Barnabas...when I did the hourly and saw $38 I thought the same thing. Just wanted to hear opinions from other people. Thanks for your time.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:40 AM
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$38 / hour sounds like a very reasonable price.

Only you can tell if you are making anything with those numbers.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:18 PM
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Why our industry thinks our standard rate should be $35-$55? This is not mean in any way to offend you but if you've been in business for 16 years, knows what you doing, invested on your business and education time and money, then you have a profession, you are a doctor when it comes to your trade nothing wrong with charging top dollars, you have to pay for your own insurance, medical, retirement, etc. etc. charging $30-50 an hour is not gonna cut it in this economy.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:33 PM
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Amen to that!
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:05 PM
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Why our industry thinks our standard rate should be $35-$55? This is not mean in any way to offend you but if you've been in business for 16 years, knows what you doing, invested on your business and education time and money, then you have a profession, you are a doctor when it comes to your trade nothing wrong with charging top dollars, you have to pay for your own insurance, medical, retirement, etc. etc. charging $30-50 an hour is not gonna cut it in this economy.

This is why I never work hourly. People think it's ok to pay a plumber $100+ an hour but a hardscaper? $50? They think that's crazy. If my clients knew what I made an hour they would crap their pants and never hire me again.

You know what? I'm f'in worth it! And so are most of you guys! Go make some money!
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:37 PM
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Thats $38 a man hour. I would definitely think thats a well discounted price.
Hopefully it wasn't on a Friday when they were hitting OT!!!!!breakeven at best.
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