SOLO: Dollar a minute? Above or Below?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doublewide6, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. danieljoohn18

    danieljoohn18 LawnSite Member
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    I know what I need to charge. I'm just really baffled by some of the posts and threads. I for one am not going to just belt out my pricing, I don't know about you.
     
  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I think some do that to fool the next guy

    Sure I get $10 per min
     
  3. danieljoohn18

    danieljoohn18 LawnSite Member
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    Well then the next guy is truly a fool wouldn't you say?
     
  4. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm always surprised when a thread like this takes off.

    My rates tend to average out around $1-$1.25/min, but that's purely coincidence. I charge the market rate. My advantage over others is that I keep my accounts near each other, in 3 clusters. There's no driving back and forth everywhere.

    We all face lowballers this time of year. What many people don't understand is that lawns that you can do in 20 minutes right now will take you 30 minutes or more three months from now in the heat and humidity.

    And I'm surprised by the comments on here about not having truck or equipment payments. You do have them, you've just already made them, and you will make them again. You have to factor in the cost of replacing your equipment when it dies. Because it will die eventually.
     
  5. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wanted to comment on a few things you stated. Take a look at the big outfits n your area. 30,000 is a very low estimate to what most are pulling. Our time is worth money and I believe my time is worth much more than min wage and if Hellen doesn't want to pay for my labor then I politely move on. I can earn over 20 an hr in the job world and with the benefits pkg it takes it we'll over thirty and that's with no liability. So I believe we should be compensated for the liability as well. So in the scheme of things a dollar a min is not really all that much. Last year mulch was bringing 70 to 90 plus a yard and if don't think that's really great money for the work that goes into it. I try to be fair and exceed there expectations. As you put more and more time into this you tend to drift away from lower income neighborhoods and seek out people willing to pay you what your worth .
    If you pay a guy 7$ an hr know that's the work you will get in return like the old saying goes "if you pay peanuts you are going to get monkeys". The most expensive employee is I cheap one. Peace brother..
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  6. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    You and I operate very similar I would guess. When your solo a broken down truck or any other equipment will kill your business. New equipment can be depreciated 5 yrs. charge accordingly. When loco run it like a business and not like a lemonade stand great things happen.
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