Old 07-18-2004, 09:24 PM
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profit question

I recently finished a patio and I'd like to know if any of you have insite on my pricing, i.e., did I make a good profit? I charged the customer $13,750. Of that, $5620 went to material; $975 went to labor and equipment rental; I was left with $7155. This project took me two weeks with 140 man hours, most of which were my hours. Thanks for your replies. (I'd send a photo but I can't figure out how to do it...any of you know how?)
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:15 AM
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as far as a by the hour figure, $51 an hour doesn't sound bad at all to me. I am not in the stone work though, and basing this on lawns. I'd say sounds like you did pretty good though. that's not a bad pace to set for yourself!
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:41 PM
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$51.00 per hour is damn good, especially solo.......
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Old 07-20-2004, 12:03 AM
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Shady dog:
Here is an explanation on how to post a photo that chuck keough posted, I copied it here.

How to upload/post a picture
Here are the basics steps.

1. Left click on Post Reply,
2. Type a message or short note in the "Your Reply" area,
3. Below the "Smileys" on the left going down the page you will see the area: "Attach file: to the right of that there will be a "Browse..." button, left click the button 1 time.

Now you will have a file from your hard drive open up.

4. Find the file/picture on your hard drive you want to post on LawnSite.
5. Double click or left click to select the file/picture, then hit the enter key.
6. You can then check your spelling or Submit your Reply.
If you picture is within the parameters of LawnSite.com 800 x 600, your picture will be posted, if not you will get a message that your picture is too large.

If you get the message that your picture is too large you will have to resize the image. You must have a software program that allows you to edit/manipulate images.


If you still need help, you can e-mail the picture to me at Probably29@yahoo.com and I'll post it for you.
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Old 07-20-2004, 12:12 AM
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I'd say you did ok for doing most of it yourself.
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Old 07-20-2004, 02:33 AM
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what was teh sq footage?
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Old 07-20-2004, 07:04 AM
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Thanks for posting the man-hours ...kind of stuff i like.

Although I would question your labor costs ...I'd say your about right.

A real quick check for me....of course it depends on many variables(what material used, your company needs etc etc,) is 100 for every man hour. (including materials). That is usually a mix of hard and softscape.

Your 140 man-hours for 14 k works for me.
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