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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fdirishny, Mar 31, 2010.
Should I be asking around $40.00 an acre for lawn services in upstate New York?
I charge by the hour. Small residentials will end up being 40 or so but the larger properties will not pay that much by the acre price. Also depends on what equipment you are using. And 10 million other variables. But the average is around 50-60/hr.
You first have to figure out your cost for operation, the profit that you wish, your market........etc. but if you haven't done so, a dollar per minute rule could come handy to start with or $60/hr.
You need to go back and do some more homework if you don't know what to charge.
You need to charge as much as you need to in order to acheive the goals you set for yourself. Figure up what it costs you to operate per hour and then add on any pay that you might give yourself and then add on any profit that you expect your company to make.
Your costs you will have to figure out yourself.
You should pay yourself as much as you would pay an employee to do the same job. If you would pay a crew leader $15 an hour then that's what you pay yourself.
Company profit is up to you. In what I've read most of the larger companies are around 35% of gross as profit. The bigger they get the smaller the percentage of profit.