Charging by the hour vs. by the job

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bluflame1914, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. bluflame1914

    bluflame1914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    I keep seeing people say they charge by the hour. we have never done this because we usually run through yards pretty quick. we run through most yards in 30-40 min, mostly .5 acre and up yards. can someone enlighten me. thanks.
  2. Garden Thyme

    Garden Thyme LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    It all depends on the job you've got to do.
    Most of my jobs are per hour but if it just mowing I charge per job/yard.
  3. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Most people charge by the job - but you need a per hour amount based on your business in order to estimate and you can determine how much revenue you generated on a job per hour. The times I see guys using an hourly rate is on jobs they don't feel comfortable with , for whatever reason. I just won't charge by the hour - to many downsides.
  4. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,956

    Are you talkin' mowing or chemical?
  5. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    If I can provide a strong estimate based upon past experiences then I charge by the job. If its trimmimg a property and I'm unsure about the time it will take me then i charge by the hour. Mowing is usually by the job, landscaping and debris clean up is usually by the job. Trimming is usually by the hour.

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