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The Illegals Are Killing Us!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by WETSCAPE, Apr 6, 2008.


    WETSCAPE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 168

    Man this year will be tuff. I have around 29 stops. A bunch of cuts clean ups etc. This year about 5 of my regular spring clean ups I have lost due to price cutting. I already had 3 more customers call me up and ask if my rates would go up. I can't believe some homeowners don't check for insurance or anything? I pay my guys 18 per hr and charge them out @ 28.00. But they are all legal. How do I survive?
  2. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    You're paying 18 bucks an hour for the grunt work? Wow things have changed since i was in high school.
  3. M&SLawnCare

    M&SLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 304

    You pay them 18 per hour and only charge 28 per man hour? How on earth are you making money if you are actually legal. Gas, workers comp, equipment maintenance and replacement, marketing, insurance, and so on i would imagine eat up more than 10 per hour.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    $18 an hour is way way too much for a worker. My foreman only gets $12 an hour and my laborers get $10 an hour and I pay more than most companies around me. You need to quit paying your guys so dang much.
  5. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,096

    fairfield county is one of the, if not the richest counties in the country and the cost of living is high as hell. so his pay is right on. my father inlaw has landscape co in stamford ct and i think thats right around what he pays.
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,385

    His pay is on for that area, his billable rate is off by more then 50%
  7. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,096

    that may be true i was just commenting on the guy who said he should lower his price to 10-12 an hour
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,385

    yep, in the northeast $10-$12 per hr gets you a junkie with no transportation
  9. lawnboyoung

    lawnboyoung LawnSite Member
    Posts: 87

    last year when i was doing grunt work i only got 7 an hr.
  10. LawnCare_EMT

    LawnCare_EMT LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    It just really depends where you live and the cost of living there. I pay mine $8 an hour

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