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Old 08-17-2013, 07:20 AM
tsimmons0615 tsimmons0615 is offline
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How much to charge How much profit do you make?

How Much do you charge for cutting a yard per hr.? Also im trying to break it down to see how much I should charge such as gas labor etc per hr. Im having trouble being competitive and wondering how much profit I should get a hr for the business or profit per yard My labor is 20 hr for two men I hired... How do you figure how much gas we are using? Im guess maybe 15 bucks per hr total? and wear and tear 5 per hr and insurance 4 per hr over head is 44 per hr ? Then I need to figure out how much profit I need to make to stay competitive! What do you think ?
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:22 AM
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jsslawncare jsslawncare is offline
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How much to charge How much profit do you make?

I'm solo and and at $60 and hr. but I can look at a yard and tell how long it will take me to do everything. I roughly use about $3.00 of gas per hour and when gas is about $3. Per gallon it costs me .28 per mile to drive my truck.
All equipment is wore out. <- Never mind. All equipment has been repainted and with new decals. It's like I have new mower's again!
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:29 AM
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You have to decide your own profit margins based on your needs and what your market will bear. Do you have taxes and work comp figured into your labor rate? $20 for 2 guys sounds light. For the rest its hard to come up with a real good number off the bat but if you keep meticulous records over time you will get them pretty precise.

This is a tough business with slim profit margins. Most industries a business wouldn't consider doing anything with less than a 50% margin but based on my research it seems 30-35% is a more realistic goal for most areas of landscaping. The more specialized the service the higher the profit margin
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