Paying your Crew

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by topchoice, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. topchoice

    topchoice LawnSite Member
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    Okay, I am usually a solo guy but have gotten to the point where I may need to have some helping hands. What does everyone usually charge their customers when a crew of guys is involved- For instance, if I have a 3 person crew including myself and we are working on an hourly landscaping job- and I wanted to make $45 and hour, would you charge the customer a rate of $80 per hour for a 3+ man crew, of which includes the helps hourly rate of ~$15 per hour? These numbers are just hypothetically speaking and are not what I actually use, I just want to know what the rest of you guys do. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. BUCKEYE MOWING

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You actually get hourly jobs ??
     
  3. topchoice

    topchoice LawnSite Member
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    Ya, when it comes to small landscaping jobs- jobs that only take 1/2 a day if that. Bigger jobs I don't use this formula. Doesn't make sense, I know, just asking for opinions. Thanks for yours!
     
  4. topchoice

    topchoice LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    Better yet, how do you all work pricing for landscape jobs and mulch jobs? What percentage do you usually use on average- the biggest one in my case would be mulch installs. Do you mark-up the mulch at 25% then charge $60 per yard for delivery and installation for smaller jobs and does this price then include any possible help. I have never had to pay others working for me and am unsure how to go about the pricing on jobs- I don't want to screw myself out of money and my employees.
     
  5. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    I figure out what my overhead costs, how much profit I am looking to make, add them together and charge the customer that. :hammerhead:
     
  6. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    For one, $15 an hour for a helper is to much.
     
  7. Weekes

    Weekes LawnSite Member
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    Sorry if I am misunderstanding your post. If you are legally paying a legal employee how is that to much. Most the people here charge $35 per man hour.... 3 Men @ 1 hour = $105 per hour for job.
     
  8. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Posts: 979

    I work by myself now but in the past if the worker are good like me my regular hourly rate for all if i had a new guy training or someone who was just helper quality I cut back. It was around 45 hr and 20 for a helper
     
  9. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    with employees you need to be charging at least $50per man hour to make a profit.
     
  10. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    I dont get dropping the price for a 2nd or 3rd employee. Why would you do something yourself for 10 hours and charge $100, and if you had help and it took the 2 of you 5 hours only charge $75? The same thing got done with the same tools by the same company. Makes no sence.

    The numbers are for illistration purposes only.
     

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