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First account

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Brando55, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Brando55

    Brando55 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    hey guys,
    i just got my first account today. I was just wondering what some of you charge for spring clean ups. Also, for a commercial property do you use a year contract, if so could anyone post a sample of their contract and how do you bill the client? Weekly Monthly or just a full season rate?

  2. paul vroom

    paul vroom LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    Awesome!! Congrats Brando, way to go. It is difficult to say how much you should charge for the cleanup without seeing it. The best way to figure it is look it over, figure out how long it will take and how much you want to make an hour. A four hour cleanup at $75 an hour = $300. Ad another $$ for the dump cost.
    Do a search on this site for commercial contracts. Doing a search will answer a lot of questions, some people get mad at answering the same ? a million times.
    Hey, congrats and the best of luck......
  3. paul vroom

    paul vroom LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    ps. YES!! Contract the commercial account (s). Always......
  4. Hilltop Landscaping

    Hilltop Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I'm a newbie in business and wondered what hourly rates you guys charge lawn customers for miscellaneous work-clean up, stone work, trimming, weeding, mulch etc. ? I saw the post with $75.00 per hour and I think I'm undercharging.
    I work alone or sometimes with a helper. Thanks
  5. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,272

    In my area S Jersey my rate is $45 per man hr on the job and plus dumping fees @$75 you might have a hard time I do have a $200 minimum though for cleanups if that helps
  6. Reliable Lawn Care

    Reliable Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    I shoot for the dollar a minute pricing as much as possible. Works well for me. I always bill my customers on the first of each month for the previous months work. I see alot of people do it differently, but again, it works for me. So for all my March work, I billed out April 1st. Now I most likely will not see a payment until April 30 as I have 30 days payment terms. But in the fall, I will still have revenue coming into me in December.
    Best of luck to you, have fun !!
  7. capnsac

    capnsac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 702

    in my area it's 25$ per man hour plus any material cost and dump cost. When we do any mulch work we make sure to give them a copy of the mulch invoice and then still charge 25$ per man hour. We make zero money on the cost of the mulch, but we do make money on going to get the mulch. It's a different perspective then having to guestimate how long a job is going to take and hope you come in at that time. We get tons of referral business from this. Also, people aren't afraid to have us come back out several times a year because our prices are so reasonable. Repeat business is best.

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