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Start-up looking for some advice

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Precise, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. sdelorey494103

    sdelorey494103 LawnSite Member
    from Capecod
    Posts: 62

    Mowing, mulching, Bush trimming, edging, small tree transplant, small tree trimming and cutting down of and any odd job basicaly. I did a little landscaping last year and now im trying to get more clients.
     
  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    mine is $55 an hour.
     
  3. sdelorey494103

    sdelorey494103 LawnSite Member
    from Capecod
    Posts: 62

    How long did it take you to establish that price? did you start off small?
     
  4. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    1-2% is about right for response but you need to close those 100-200 phone calls. Make sure your price is right...if everyone is excepting than there is a problem.
     
  5. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    i started off almost 4 years ago at 40 an hour...that didnt last long. bumped it to 45 a month later. the next year went to 50, now im at 55. yes, definately need to close those calls. it doesnt matter how many of them call you, its how many say yes to your price.
     
  6. Mow2nd-2

    Mow2nd-2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    i charge $65 an hour, but make sure you give the customer a full price including materials and not tell them your hourly rate. so if you think it will take you 2 hours to do the job i.e. i chagre 65 per hour 65x2=130+material cost= grand total you charge
     
  7. sdelorey494103

    sdelorey494103 LawnSite Member
    from Capecod
    Posts: 62

    Well then like 25-30 is realy cheap. Because i was charging 20 last summer. Im only 18 so i got a lot of time to develope if i stay motivated.
     
  8. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    i was 19 when i started and i was 40 an hour...so you need to bump up.
     
  9. Mow2nd-2

    Mow2nd-2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    the way i figured my hourly rate was i took how many yards i could cut on average in 1 hour, which for me is 2. then times that by how much i would make on average with the yards, which for me is $60-$70. thats an easy way to figure an hourly rate
     
  10. sdelorey494103

    sdelorey494103 LawnSite Member
    from Capecod
    Posts: 62

    Ya I will do that. How do you handle the customers that u already did work for for 20 an hour?
     

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