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Old 05-11-2012, 09:13 PM
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by gibbonsballer10 View Post
$45/hr is a good price. I dont charge by the hour, but thats about what i make with all of my lawns.
yeah I'm not looking to actually say i charge this much per hour, just for me to keep in mind while giving an estimate. I charge by the job just curious how much i should be making at minimum per hour

i am new and have not quite figured out an exact overhead. my truck itself is payed for, i owe 1600 on my mower, all other tools are payed for. i have my insurance, my truck insurance, and fuel and random other things. i don't do a lot of work so the maintenance on the equipment is not bad. i guess without pinpointing any real overhead, whatever it may be has been covered in my current $45 an hour rate, as i have been able to pocket most of the money i've made since last year.

I'm still trying to figure out the business running aspect of this.. i know how to do a nice job while I'm actually out doing the work, but i'm certainly not a business major.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by jsslawncare View Post
In my area, It's a dollar a minute. I get it about 95% of the time.
Same here 60$ an hr by myself doing normal sized yards
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:02 AM
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$45 per hr bahahahahhaha dear lord......
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:07 AM
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It has always amazed me at how the prices change per location....

I think many of you are WAYYYYY LOW..... Of corse We have a much higher over head.....
Dont even talk to people who cant purchase your product or service.........Dave Thomas.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:29 AM
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I'm in my 2nd year and do this part time, but I make about $55 an hour working solo. I think I do pretty well, but I know I underbid on 2 of my jobs dropping my average a decent amount.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:39 AM
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Always factor jobs by the man hours not the size. You can have two 5K yards but one that takes twice as long because of the layout. On small yard you may get as much as $60 per man hour (dollar a minute) but on bigger yards the rate may be as low as $42.50.
Market- Austin Texas Area
Employees- 3
Sales $330K+
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Services-AutoCAD Landscape Design & Install, Maintenance, Landscape Lighting, HD Holiday Lighting, Masonry (Stone, Block, Brick, and Stucco), & Arborist Work

Accreditations & Memberships- BBB, TNLA, TPCL 611373, & Class 1 Nurserymen.

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Old 05-12-2012, 07:53 AM
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$1 a minute. Minimum. Gas is expensive. You're gonna ruin your back, and shoulder....and knees. Seriously. Don't kill yourself for peanuts.

Most yards here in Cincy fall into the $30 category. Takes me about 20 minutes to do them. Some are more....most are $30.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:34 AM
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You have to know your costs before you can know what hourly rate you're charging.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:01 PM
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I am a one man deal in alabama & my average is between 40/50 a hour I worked 2 1/2 days this week & net $518.73
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