A dollar a Minute??? You think???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Ocean Side, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side LawnSite Member
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    Is the 1 Dollar a minute, rule of hand still holding up as gas goes up? and do you mow a little slow the 1st time around when determining cost?
     
  2. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
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    the dollar/minute rule, is, well ridicilous
     
  3. FIVE-0LAWNS

    FIVE-0LAWNS LawnSite Member
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    bwade, is your trailer a true 6' wide or is it 6 1/2'? What kind is it? Off topic I know but thanks.
     
  4. grassmasterdawn

    grassmasterdawn LawnSite Member
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    Let me know where people are willing to pay $1 a minute for my time and I'll move there.
     
  5. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I made $60 bucks an hour if I got two guys working with me power raking.

    Edit: $60 canadian:(
     
  6. dirtbomb

    dirtbomb LawnSite Member
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    If you are not making $50.00 an hour per man hour ,you should.. With all the cost of being a legal business any less equals failure sooner or later..
    Most gardeners /mower guys/landscapers are not business minded..They just equal or cut current prices never checking what it will take to stay afloat..
    Here is a place to start from..$50..00per hour..30%mark ups at least on everything ..300%mark ups on trees and shrubs.$70-$85 per yard mulch.$100.00per ton stone spreading..Dumping $15-$30 per yard.If you go much lower then this you should just go out and get a decent job with out all the BS..
     
  7. northernsvc's

    northernsvc's LawnSite Member
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    i have a couple clients in downtown chicago, not much work but just a pain to park bigger trucks around chicago, im charging 75.00 hour.
     
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah,...go out and buy a brand new 48" walk behind for 4 grand, and a new trimmer, and make a dollar a minute. Or, you can go out and buy a 52" walk behind and make a dollar a minute. Or, you can go out and buy a 52" Lazer, and make a dollar a minute. But, HEY, I have an idea,.....Let's go out and purchase a 60" Lazer for $10,000 and make a dollar a minute! Give me a break! Hey, I want to go into the hauling business. I heard I can make $200 for crosstown loads. Should I buy a GMC tandem axle dump? Or should I buy a half ton pickup? Because I am told this is how much I should be making....
     
  9. northernsvc's

    northernsvc's LawnSite Member
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    case in point - youneed to know how much it casts to run your business. what works for us, may notwork for you, what may work on the east coast, not the same on west coast....
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    There's more to it than that...
    I bid and got a 1.5 acre lot for 85 dollars, now that's the price of this lot whether it takes me 3 days or 2 minutes to cut it, 85 dollars is the price and it is now up to me to make do in enough time to get'r done.

    As things stand, with my '05 48" 15hp Kohler T-bar Toro I can cut this bad boy in just under an hour, then weedeating takes another 15-20 (and you got to WALK hard because it's a big lot) then hurry and blow some stuff down (if you cut right, you don't have much to blow off), and spray some weed killer in the stuff around the house: 1 hour, 25 minutes the last time: 85 minutes, 85 dollars.

    Now I got 5 years into this, I've ran nothing but 48" 30197's (my mower's model number) since my 2nd year, it is my favorite mower and it is light and fast and I'm closing in on having cut 3 thousand yards to date (over 2k with this machine alone, I have 2 of them, the other's a '98 model). It is all I use because the more you do something, the better you get, so it takes Time (experience) and the right equipment.

    I mean, it's not as easy as it looks. Mistakes happen at top speed, I've flown over the handlebars enough times (4 or 6, maybe 7) where nowadays it's all just so much routine anymore. The weedeater, I can twirl that thing in the air with my fingers like a baton... And yes, it can hurt bad if it slips.

    It took years, it didn't happen overnight... A lot of times I push myself hard to get the extreme workout I need to get stronger & better.
    To me it's a sport, an olympic workout in the sense that it's not just fast, but precise.
    Because if it took me longer, I wouldn't be raking in no dollar a minute...
    My first year I was lucky to see $30 / hour, sometimes I got as little as 15-20 / hour, that's just how it goes, it gets better with time.

    Part of the secret is being able to do twice today what you could do a year ago in the same time... sorta..
    And yes, I can outrun Z's with my Wb on anything under an acre, even on large lots the Z guys need the experience to beat me.
     

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