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Bidding Practices

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TurfTamer, Jul 25, 2002.

  1. TurfTamer

    TurfTamer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I am fairly new to the game and was wondering how most of you determine your prices for mowing. I know there are a lot of factors involved, but was wondering if there are any rules of thumb that any of you use. I have tried to get about 1$ a minute for my time, but this is not always possible.

    Any input would be appreciated.


    Danny Ryan
  2. $60 an hour is a good goal
    keep biding based on that and if you come up short figure out where you missed and correct in the future.
    don't forget travel time
  3. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Hey Danny, I calculated what my costs per hour will be - business loan, equipment depreciation, insurance, utilities, and flexible costs such as labor, fuel and maintenance. I Took the yearly numbers and divided by expected hours of work to convert your expenses to hourly costs. This gave me what I need to make an hour.
    As for bidding, I've built a spreadsheet in Excel that uses square feet and a difficulty multipler, to take into accout obstructions, etc. My price per SF and the multiplier will keep me at the hourly figure I need to make.


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