Flat fee or charge by the hour

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Rdizzle79, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. Rdizzle79

    Rdizzle79 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Presently our company is charging by man hours based on a quote given before maintenance is started. Even if we go over we stick to the quote given in the contract. I know some companies charge by an hourly rate then the client is billed based on the time it took. Is one way better than the other?
  2. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    i charge by the man hour, but i dont let the customer know that, i bill the job out at a given price, estimated from billable man hours.....they dont need to figure out im charging 60 per hour.....:)

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Customer only sees a finished job quote. This can be hard at first till you get a feel for how long work takes
  4. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,621

    Some customers will be upset if they hear $60/hr, yet that same customer will gladly pay $200 for the same job done in 3 hours.
  5. Full throttle lawn care

    Full throttle lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    I charge by the minute! A buck a minute.:drinkup:

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