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Old 05-06-2012, 11:23 PM
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In an effort to track my time and get a exact cost per hour I kept up with where I spent my time so far this week. The following is a monday - thursday lunch.

Work hours - 27.9 (this is the time from trailer hook up to trailer drop off)
truck hours - 8.3 (I kept up with the hour meter on my truck. Assuming this is the time the truck was running)
drink/gas hours - 2 (estimated number 2 drink stops per day and a gas fill up)

After all that it leaves only 17.6 hour of actual mow/trim/blow time!!

So you guys figuring up your cost this is a good example of work hours versus billable hours.
Dont mean to BASH on you, but 2 gas stops is A NO-NO!
Here, we do one stop. Thats in the morning. We get all of the gas,snacks and drinks that we will need for the day.
We carry an extra(in addition to whats in the truck and mowers) 25 gallons DAILY! And about 10 gallons of 2 cycle on each crew.
We eat lunch under the trees. All those drink stops add up! Freeze a icepack and throw some waters in a lunch bag, then put everything under the seat.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:14 AM
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Are you saying that if a lawn takes you 30 minutes to cut you might charge them for 45 minutes to include book work maintenance and possible repairs?

I let my profit margin cover most of those expenses. If I had a full time mechanic or secretary I would have to factor that into my billable time but unfortunately the book work and repairs are done after 5 and by me.
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So if you let your profit margin cover this time spent working I am sure your customers are happy to receive the discount your offering at your own profit or lack there of. If you think your work day is from the Time you enter your work vehicle untill the time you exit same vehicle, your really kidding yourself.
Although I am sure your customers don't care about your profit margin,
I personally would not work for nothing, since time is money.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:54 AM
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There was a recent post on here where a guy stated that growth reveals the true cost of overhead. I have been on this site for about 8 years and it was probably the second best post I have read on this site.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:30 AM
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There was a recent post on here where a guy stated that growth reveals the true cost of overhead. I have been on this site for about 8 years and it was probably the second best post I have read on this site.
Where is this post? I'd like to read it.
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