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I am thinking of starting a lawn mowing company here in England

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by paul30uk, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. paul30uk

    paul30uk LawnSite Member
    from uk
    Posts: 3

    next spring I am thinking of starting a lawn mowing buisness but I have no idea of what to realisticaly charge customers

    Please could you give me some idea of what to charge with out doing my self down or with out over charging

    Many thanks
  2. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    Roll call for England LCO's.

    What part of UK?
  3. paul30uk

    paul30uk LawnSite Member
    from uk
    Posts: 3

    I am from Central England
  4. paul30uk

    paul30uk LawnSite Member
    from uk
    Posts: 3

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  5. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,823

    My sister lives in Edinburgh in Scotland,I would'nt have any idea advise to offer the scots in the uk ,much less the english lol.

    But i will forgive you being english lol ,just kidding ,good luck on your business endeavor Paul!
  6. mowmasteruk

    mowmasteruk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    If you are aimimg at private householders and are running from the garage or shed at home you need to be charging a minimum of £17 per hour - it would need to be more if you have overheads such as a depot to take into account.
    Smaller jobs you can charge more - set yourself a minimum charge, say £10.
    Unfortunately there are lots of people out there supplementing their regular income who charge a good deal less because they are not paying for public liability insurance and very often they are not paying tax or national insurance contributions on their earnings from mowing. All you can do is try to provide a better service than those people and then if yiu are above all reliable your customers won't mind paying the extra.
  7. garth1967

    garth1967 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 640

    good luck paul even though you are a bloody pom we was robbed the ashes series to by the way
  8. essexboy

    essexboy LawnSite Member
    from england
    Posts: 2

    wheres central paul?
    im in essex, and prices range from &#163;12.50 to &#163;15 for mowing for me.
    garth, think your confusing robbed with whupped!!!
  9. mowmasteruk

    mowmasteruk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    Can anyone seriously make a living on those rates? Have you really worked out all the costs including depreciation on your machines and all the other overheads? Maybe if you had a days work in one place for every day of the week then, yes you could get by, but not if, like us, your work is spread throughout the county.
  10. Just Mow It in Dallas charges like that, I think $25/ per lawn, but his route is so tight that his crews can do 4 an hour. In my area of NY I would have to charge $50 to $75 for the same size lot.

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