by the hr or job.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chefdrp, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    I know i should do leaves by the hr but. I got to wondering that since i got this new blower will i be loosing money? I mean what would take me 1 hr to rake or use a B/P blower and tarp leaves to the woods took me just like 20 min to do today. I messed around at my Grannys house to see my toy in action. What do you do in this situation?
  2. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    charge more per hour. estimate 150 hrs of use. @7.50 per hour over normal, it's paid for this year. so charge 55 per hour and make u some $
  3. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 835

    I charge by the job. If you want to make even more per hour you have to do it by the job. Make it so that at ordinary pace, you make $55 or w/e per hour, but that leaves room for more if you go at a faster pace. This can be accomplished but only if you are very good at estimating.
  4. DALMlawn&landscaping

    DALMlawn&landscaping LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Messages: 186

    key word, you got a new piece of equipment, this means you gotta pay it off by charging extra for your new over-productivity, your old economic curve is normal, and as soon as you add that new blower, it goes way up, of course you charge more, but not too much, cause now that you're faster, you can do more jobs, ahhh! too much thinking... back to watching Farve's butt whooping...
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    you should have a minimum charge no matter what, so even if it took you 20mins, charge the full hours rate
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Yes, charge more for the added equipment. You might eventually charge more and more, but you get done sooner. The client might not end up paying more, but you are going to be able to make more because now you are more efficient and will get finished in less time....being able to add more work to your day.
  7. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    I never charge by the hour. Charging by the job gives you an edge if you work more efficiently. There is no way to get ahead charging by the hour..................
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    You might not get more than you want and you certainly wont get less than you want, but you know you are going to get what you want.
  9. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    The more and the better your equipment gets the more you will have to charge. True the better the equipment the less time per job which in turn means more jobs or you can work more quickly and charge more money. You can only get what your local market will bear.

  10. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    What would be my incentive to bust my but?????

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