Lets put aside what the customers and the market value of what controls our value for this post. When I started I didn't ask an accountant what I should charge per hour. How many of you did? Just for example lets say you have a one man operation and you are making 35$ gross per hour including drive time.<br>You need to deduct from this hourly pay:<br> income taxes, insurance, fuel, equipment cost(including vehicle and trailor and tires and maintenance, medical insurance, dental insurance, a retirement plan, vacation money, paid holidays, liability insurance.<br>Unlike working for a company all this comes out of our pocket. I have heard the argument that we work for the customer on a regular basis so we should expect less money. But at what hourly rate would cover these expenses and benefits? We are wondering why most lawn services fail. Has anyone set down with an accountant or business consultant and figured out what they should be charging without including the competition and the customer? When we price a lawn we should take into consideration that the customer should have to contribute to the above cost, benefits and expenses that a normal corporation would. This post can be expanded to include crews also and things I left out. just trying to find out what we SHOULD be worth not what we are worth on todays market.