New company with price sheet woes!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by SuperiorLandscapeServices, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. SuperiorLandscapeServices

    SuperiorLandscapeServices LawnSite Member
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    Hello everyone. I've been a lurker on lawnsite for a year or so and this is my first post, so take it easy :waving:

    My wife and I have recently started our own part time landscape business. I've worked for a local municipality for 7 years now and know exactly what I'm doing, but have no idea what to charge for things such as trimming hedges, bushes, irrigation repairs, etc...

    I'm used to using ANY equipment I need to get the job done. But now that I've started part time, I don't know what to charge for, except mowing, that's pretty straight forward (based on difficulty, area, equipment needed, etc...)

    Could any of you in the north Texas area help me out with my price sheet?

    Thank in advance for your time! :)
     
  2. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    Just bill by the hour. If you think the job will take one hour, charge 60.00 per man hour. Two hours would be 120.00. If you have a crew of two and work 1 total hour you would charge 120.00.
     
  3. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
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  4. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Posts: 907

    Figure out your costs first. Your fixed costs, and your job costs, don't forget recovery either. That would be a start but a damn good one. Can't be in business (for long anyway) without knowing whats needed to run it.
     
  5. SuperiorLandscapeServices

    SuperiorLandscapeServices LawnSite Member
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    Thank yall very much for your replies. Yall have been very helpful.
     
  6. Hizoot

    Hizoot LawnSite Member
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    Good luck getting 60 dollars an hour per man in Texas for unskilled labor....

    :laugh:
     
  7. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How much do plumbers and electricians get per hour in Texas?
     
  8. Hizoot

    Hizoot LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    I can send my 14 yr old grandson out to mow or pick up leaves.....grandaughter too. I sure as heck would not want them to wire or plumb anything.
     
  9. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    I would love to see them show up at one of my 1 million dollar plus properties I maintain and do the same quality work my crew can do. Oh, my crew can plumb for ponds and wire for irr.

    Good luck trying to figure out the landscape biz.
     
  10. g21

    g21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Hey, welcome. This should be a very exciting time for you and your wife. The landscape maintenance business has given me and my family a great life. I was very fortunate to be around some very talanted people who gave me some very valuable direction with my career and it paid big dividends! I in turn started a landscape association to do just that...pass that information on to people exactly like you. ALMA's specialty is giving you axactly the kind of info you are looking for. Helping you understand your true costs, how to price out your work, how to market your company, etc. Whenever you need help, we'll be right there for you! Whats the cost? 10 bucks a month. Really no gimmicks! 10 bucks a month and you are going to have every resource you need, right at your fingertips! Test me...you won't be sorry!
     

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