got my first account yesterday

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by josh1981, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
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    hey everyone. Got my first account yesterday. This lady that I know from work (she is a volunteer, im valet- local hospital). Big yard. Anyway I did some edging (long driveway, long sidewalk, trimmed around her garage, around her house, down at lake). And blew off her driveway. Used my stihl fs45, br600, sh85. only took a few hrs. Would of used my edger but its broke.

    2 hours, 25 bucks. not bad.

    I also told her if any trees fell that id cut them up for her (massive pines, too scared to cut them down myself, if they fall from grace of god then i will cut them up for her).

    She was super happy with my work.

    She said she might call me again for this. I told her anytime she needs something done call me.

    But yea 25 bucks isnt bad.

    whats a good price to charge for tree cut up?
     
  2. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    2hr? 25? I dont know man, Mybe 25 an hr! But, hey your the one that knows your over head! good luck! and be careful with those estimates
     
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Did you mow too? If it's just branches laying in the grass, I usually pick all that up before mowing. Are you talking about cutting up branches that fall that are large enough for firewood?
     
  4. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    2 hours of work from me would equal $120.00

    I know your new so make sure you understand your expenses. You are not an hourly employee. You have fuel to drive there, fuel in your equipment, your equipment, your wages, your income tax, your company profits, your insurance, your license, etc, etc, etc. You need to shoot for $60 per hour. Some here do as low as $40 based on what their market will bear, however $60 is the number to shoot for. You didnt make any money at all at $12.50 per hour. It all went to expenses.
     
  5. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
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    yeah i charge 35 an hour to clean up... various things like you mentioned... so you could be losing right now if you aren't truly as happy with the outcome as your post seems to indicate... but anyhow congradulations... now fianance on a mower and get 15 more little old ladies!!
     
  6. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
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    you get 60 an hour for that punt? yeah i've upped the charge for most of my accounts due to uprising gas cost... so this year for fall clean up i'll try to charge that too...
     
  7. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
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    lol my bad. I just do this a little on side. I work full time 8 to 5 valet service.

    so 25 too low? if I was tree cutting 25 hr?
     
  8. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    never tell the customer you charge by the hour. Just give them a price for the job. So if you think it will take you 3 hours to cut up a tree and remove all the mess you charge like this.

    3 hours x $60 = $180
    Dumping fees/haul/fuel/time to dump= $100
    Time to resharpen chain $30

    so total job $310

    But dont tell them the per hour charge. This is just an example.
     
  9. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538


    never tell the customer you charge by the hour. Just give them a price for the job. So if you think it will take you 3 hours to cut up a tree and remove all the mess you charge like this.

    3 hours x $60 = $180
    Dumping fees/haul/fuel/time to dump= $100
    Time to resharpen chain $30

    so total job $310

    But dont tell them the per hour charge. This is just an example.

    Since your new and dont know the most effecient ways to do these jobs it might take you longer than me. So to drop your hourley rate to start with is reasonable. So maybe $40 hr
     
  10. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Try to shoot for $35 to $45 per hr if your solo......might sound like alot be it's the job quality people pay for
     

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