need job cost reference for an estimate

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by myles shaffer, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. myles shaffer

    myles shaffer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    working on my first bid job. help would be appreciated
  2. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 736

    Figure in how much everything cost for you to run a business for a day. Add the amount of money you want to profit per day. Divide that number by the amount of hours you will spend actually at a customer’s property.

    Here is an example…this is just an example so do not use these numbers.
    Fuel, trimmer string, ware and tear on equipment plus all the things to be legal cost $150 per day

    You want to profit $150.00 per day

    You know on a 10 hour day you will only be working 6 hours making money. The rest of time is working on equipment, paper work, or traveling from job to job.

    For a 10 hour day, with 6 hours of work that you can charge for, you will need $50.00 per hour to operate while you’re on a job working.

    Hope this helps?
  3. myles shaffer

    myles shaffer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    thanks .........

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