Old 12-17-2013, 07:43 PM
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Quoting fertilizer apps

2014 is my first year as a certified fertilizer applicator and I am starting to plan ways to quote it.

I know that for most work you do a quote = material x mark-up + labor + any other costs.

So my questions are:
What is a reasonable mark-up on fertilizer?
My labor ranges from $35 for leaves to $60 for mowing. What should I use for fertilizer? (It's pretty simple, but I guess the opportunity cost is mowing hours)
What is the minimum I would need to buy to get a bulk price?

I figure once I know my labor and material charge I figure that I could just calculate each quote on a per 1000sq ft basis.

If there is another thread on this lemme know. Thanks for the help.
Maryland Licensed Fertilizer and Pesticide Applicator

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Old 12-17-2013, 09:31 PM
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A large company I worked for years ago figured price as a base-fee per stop--plus a price per thousand sqft.

The base-fee was intended to cover overhead like rent, transportation-to-site and insurance.
The material, labor, and profit margin were charged for each thousand sqft. Depends on the size of the lawn. Variable expense.

Actually, profit is usually more like...what you have left at the end of the year, once expenses are paid.

Don't forget to allow for labor burden--the benefits and taxes on your payroll.

Charge for machine gas and for depreciation so you can replace old equipment.

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