hourly income - basic lawn care service only

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by GreenWestCoast, May 9, 2013.

  1. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    The proper question is "What profit margin should you be aiming for?" Again like the others have said the first step is figuring out YOUR cost to operate, the bigger you get the harder it becomes to hit margins, you have to REALLY be aware of ALL your cost, and I do mean ALL, the more accurate you have your chart of accounts setup the better you will be able to track your cost, my chart of accounts is two pages long now. Get in the habit of making it a daily function to track your financials, in the beginning it won't take much time but as you get larger it becomes very very important to know exactly where you are financially on a daily basis. Every business will be different but you should at least be in the ballpark for YOUR area, again every area is different what works for me won't work for you.
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,746

    charge as much as people are willing to pay.

    if you keep getting rejected over and over you know you are charging too much.

    if everyone you talk to hires you then you are probably not charging enough.

    that being said the range is gonna vary depending on where you live and the cost of living there.

    most likely it's gonna be in the $40-$60 per hr range on average. if you live somewhere that there is a high cost of living it may be more like $65-$75 per hr.
  3. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    The quality of your work also plays a factor in how much you can charge.
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    AHHH YES INDEED! I constantly preach this to our guys!
  5. lslandscapeco

    lslandscapeco LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    I live in crap-economy MI and am getting $50-$60/hr . I bid them at like $45-$50/hr.but my average rate advanced as i got used to the lawns and was able to get in and out quicker. Also pay attention to detail..if the house is missing siding than dont go with them lol. Ifyousmellwhatimsteppingin
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Remember $50/hr is different than $50/mnhr. We use mnhrs not hrs.
  7. Goldbug315AB

    Goldbug315AB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I tired to research it on the internet and only found and abbreviation refering to some firm in Manhattan. Would like to know more about MNHR Please.
  8. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    That stands for "man hour."

    So, if you had 2 guys in a truck and you want to get $50 per man hour out of them then out of that truck you'd want to get $100 an hour.

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