SOLO: Dollar a minute? Above or Below?

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

  1. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I got started in this market there was no lawn forums I had no idea so I guessed at it. I was using a 52 hydro. The business grew and I thought ok I'll get a 60 zero turn rider and I was now making 60 a hr were before I was about 50. So in my scientific thinking I determined that the 52 just had to make 52$ an hour and the 60 was 60$hr. The 60 pricing worked great but the yards that needed the 52 I had to settle for 45$hr. This pricing was almost 20 years ago not much has changed I try to at least hit around the 75$ range but it doesn't all ways work out that way. Some times I do much better and sometimes not. So I've learned there are three words that will make you a liar every time and they are all ways and never.
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  2. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I got started in this market there was no lawn forums I had no idea so I guessed at it. I was using a 52 hydro. The business grew and I thought ok I'll get a 60 zero turn rider and I was now making 60 a hr were before I was about 50. So in my scientific thinking I determined that the 52 just had to make 52$ an hour and the 60 was 60$hr. The 60 pricing worked great but the yards that needed the 52 I had to settle for 45$hr. This pricing was almost 20 years ago not much has changed I try to at least hit around the 75$ range but it doesn't all ways work out that way. Some times I do much better and sometimes not. So I've learned there are three words that will make you a liar every time and they are all ways and never.
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  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Striving for/quoting/wanting a "dollar a minute" is an arbitrary statement for guys that don't understand the economics of business. Knowing and controlling your true cost of doing business is where you begin. I love the guys that say I have no overhead because all my gear and truck are paid for and I operate out of my garage. Their motto is "whatever I makes, I keeps". That's called a hobby and whether or not it makes money is incidental. BTW mid 30s per man hour is considered good in this business. Remember to take into all aspects and expenses of running a legit business.
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  4. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Your condescending tone really isn't needed.
     
  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Who told you that?

    Mid 30s.
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  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    The "dollar a minute" myth was probably one of the first discussions here on LS, so what does that tell you. No two businesses operate the same or have the same expenses and costs of doing business. A blanket statement like this has no relevance. It's been hashed many times here the approximate numbers of a solo, single and smaller sized operations are known. Market prices are not any big secret and there are only so many hours in a week.:usflag:
     
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wasn't my intention and certainly wasn't aimed at anyone posting on this thread.:usflag:
     
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I know what I charge. It is no where near mid 30s. That's why I'm trying to figure out why it is acceptable.

    I guess $30 is fine if you want to stay solo
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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Post clarification. No where did I state that's what I charge.:usflag:
     

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