SOLO: Dollar a minute? Above or Below?

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

  1. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
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    I mainly do structural pest control which i'm usually at $3 a min. I'm new to lawn care I only started doing it to help out with my slower pest control months. I strive to gross $35 an hour doing lawns sometimes it's more sometimes it's less. I might be completely wrong but I'm solo and all I have is liability insurance which is close to $1000 per year. Fuel to and from job, fuel while at job, and maintenance on my machines. I make plenty of profit on pest, and there is not nearly the competition like there is in lawn care.
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  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dollar a minute really is just an old wive's tale...
     
  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's like these sellers on ebay who worry about their feedback...
    Who cares, it's not what is truly important.

    Another way to say it is they're focusing on the goal instead of the path.
    People do this crap all the time, they have their mind set on the prize trophy.
    That's like going to a race and thinking about coming in first, hell doesn't anyone believe in running the race first anymore?

    So instead of worrying about hourly wages, concentrate on doing a good job.
     
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  4. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mid 30s is horrible money ,so a lawn that we cut with a 60 zero turn that takes 30 min should only pay 15 dollars come on be realistic. It's more in the line of 35 to 40$ . You need to at least get close to the going rate.
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  5. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you are using commercial equipment I would consider it a minimum. Now if you are using a push mower your dreaming. You need minimum standards in any business line. If your willing to drop below those standards it's a hobby and you have no business in the business.
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  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I believe $60 per hour is middle ground. Commercial and municipal will be lower. Small cookie cutter lots will be lower. High end residential and estates will be higher. Your rates should be based on your overhead and what your market will bear. Without this knowledge your really just guessing.
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  7. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you make 3$ a min doing pest then why on earth would you accept 58 cents a min cutting grass? I would assume you are using a cheap push mower, or are you using a true commercial mower? If that's the case I have a buddy that works for orkin pest he's at 20$ an hour and with his benefits package it's right around 35$ an hour.
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  8. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
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    So because I make $3 a min. Doing PC I should try and make that mowing? I charge that much because that's what the market calls for where I'm located. I have no idea why you would assume I'm push mowing. Also as far as Orkin goes I worked for the only PC company that grosses more than Orkin yearly and I know many people that work for Orkin I can tell you $35 an hour is laughable your paid a percentage of your days production. The only way Orkin can pay out that much is when you have an extremely condensed route, with high production rates.
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    You don't base your price on how fast you can mow a lawn.
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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Or losing money and not even realizing it.
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