Cutting Costs just starting out

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by scooterdayton, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. scooterdayton

    scooterdayton LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 44

    Hey this year i just started mowing in addition to my landscaping.
    all i want is a simple set price.
    how do you all price, by hr or sq/ft and how much do you charge?
    commercial and residential.
    Thanks much everybody.
     
  2. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    Ok, long story very short. 1) Estimate how much time it will take you. 2) figure out how much you want to make per hour. 3) multipy for your answer.
    Example: lawn should take 45 minutes. I want to charge $60/hr for my work. $60 X .75(45 minutes is 3/4 of an hour) = $45.00. The even shorter answer would be to take a look at the lawn and just blurt out what you initially think it is worth. More often than not, my first instinct is normally the best instinct upon further research.
     
  3. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    Oh yeah, and don't lowball your competition to get lawns. It WILL bite you in the ass... when you become the guy that people are undercutting yet again for lawns. Get it?
     

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