Charging for Labor?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by rs402931, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. rs402931

    rs402931 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7


    wondering how most of you charge for Labor? Do You just list " Labor Charge $100.00" or would you list it as " Labor
    4 Hours @ $25.00 per Hour" ?

  2. Sponsor
    Messages: 804

    I do both. Some like to see it separate, others I just roll it into the whole cost.
  3. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,168

    I try to never show a labor rate. Nobody wants to know they pay their Poolguy $110 per hour. We price the total job.
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  4. KnK

    KnK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    if im doing mulch i charge by the yard , and if doing hedge/shrub trimming i usually charge hourly and would show as 8hrs @ $39 per hr for an example
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    I tell the customer the price for the job. I avoid hourly charge. People will pay other trades $120 an hour. Yet will go crazy if they hear we want $60 an hour to trim their hedges.

    Also do not separate materials. Price to fert is all included. I do not break out the material from the labor. Again people will go bananas to pay a landscaper $30 to push a spreader around for a half hour.
  6. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    Yes, price by the job. If a customer insists on a labor rate I tell them $40 if they want us to dig a few holes or do random odd jobs. If they want it spelled out on an invoice, then be sure to notate everything seperately. Like if you remove any material charge for haul off and disposal etc. It all takes time and costs money that most people don't understand.
  7. dieselfuel

    dieselfuel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    I use hourly rates to come up with total price for the job, then tell them the total price. Nothing more. When you buy a car, do they list the cost for the tires, and windshield wipers, seats, etc? No.
  8. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    Also, it's none of my business and maybe you were just using numbers as examples, BUT if you are in the Boston area and are only charging $25/hr for labor you need to bump that up a lot. Cost of living is steep brother and quality labor is hard to find.
  9. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't charge for labor, I work for free.
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  10. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    The only time we list labor separate is on irrigation and lighting service. Everything else is an all inclusive price. As another said above, people won't think twice about paying a plumber or electrician $120 an hour, but when it comes to our trade they would think were charging to much. I can imagine what some customers faces would look like if they actually saw my labor rates. We have a big instal going on right now, last week we had 17 of our employees on the site at the same time. Just running the numbers in my head, we had a guy making $40 an hour, 2@ $35 an hr, 2 around $30 an hour, 6 making around $25 an hr, and the rest all in the high teens. If I actually listed my cost separate (plus their associated overhead and markup), customers would think I was nuts.

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