SOLO: Dollar a minute? Above or Below?

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

  1. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    I was making a point that $35 an hour is insanely low. And nonsustainable
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  2. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    The $35 an hour is what I'm talking about as a benefits package yourself employment tax is15 % plus other taxes this is the cost per employee and you are an employee. So your market will only sustain 15 to 18$ for a lawn ?
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  3. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 847

    I think the dollar a minute thing is ******ed... I've got some smaller lots that require me to slow down wih the mower and have a fair amount of trimming/edging, they usually take the better part of an hour to do solo but there's no way I could charge sixty bucks, or even fifty bucks. I could speed up and do it in 30 min and hit my sixty bucks an hour or I could slow down and do it right.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  4. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    Yep that's what I charge $15 a yard! Haha man I'm solo I take my time and make sure I do it right. I have a commercial zero turn, commercial WB. Husky BP blower and echo handhelds. Why do you invest so much time trying to make a random guy on a forum feel bad. I started out my original post by stating I make an insane amount of profit from doing pest control so in return I'm not trying to gouge a person I'm mowing for. I see no problem pulling up to house at 8 TAKING MY TIME leaving at 10 and getting a check for 70 or 80 dollars.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,711

    Man it reeks of dead horse in here!
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  6. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,025

    Congrats! You're the Robin Hood of lawn care!

    You should be charging almost double that for 2 hours. You're a lowballer. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH QUALITY. That's a cop out. It's an excuse you use to charge ridiculously low prices. Your "quality" isn't any better than any other respectable companies, either.
     
  7. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    Look I'm not trying to lowball this is my first year doing lawn care. I 'm moving slower than you are to make sure I do it right because I'm not as good or experienced as others. Hopefully this time next year I can get it done 50% faster and charge the same. So to sum it up I'm moving slower than most right now so I don't make an irreversible mistake on my customers lawn. I'm getting the market price for a lawn. I'm just taking a little longer at this point.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  8. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,025

    Sir, that is a fair, respectable, level-headed reply. Just wait til you almost double your output AND the lawns look better. It's gonna be awesome.
     
  9. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    I appreciate that reply I'm usually a fan of your posts so I was confused about the Robin Hood attack ha ha.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  10. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    You stated that 35 an hour was your target if you cut a lawn and a half an hour at a $35 an hour rate thats 17.50$ i'm not trying to make you feel bad but you understand what trying to make a living at this But understand you have to be sustainable and $35 an hour for an operator is not sustainable
    Posted via Mobile Device
     

Share This Page