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Hourly prices and hourly wages?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JShe8918, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    Hi, I am 18 years old and have been mowing lawns since i was 14. Well i have been pocketing all of the money i made. Now that i own the equipment that i do i need to quit being the low baller around and make money not only for me but for my Company. I am liscenced and insured. I have been reading were crew leaders were making 20 per hour. So i am tring to perfect my hourly rate. See if this is about right:

    15.00 my wage
    3.50 gas
    1.00 service and blades
    4.50 replacement fund
    1.00 insurance

    TOTAL cost: $25.00

    So i was figuring 40 per hour. Does this sound reasonable if i am doing a good job and hustling and not poking around. THANKS!!!!!
  2. nemow

    nemow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    You need to find someone on here in your area. Seems low but that could very well be the going rate in your neck of the woods. If your running the big mowers and the big trucks, you have to be spending more than that on fuel per hour. Again I dont know what your area charges or your fuel prices are down there. Up here fuel is pushing $3.50 per gallon and I think diesel is $3.60 something. My company makes just as much as I do per hour and my workers make $10-14 per hour (dollar raise per year starting at $10per hour)My company pays insurance fuel dumping fees breakdown costs etc. Never out of my pocket expenses, almost never. Good luck and make some money!!!
  3. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    I dont know about alabama, but in kansas we can get 35 and higher for commercial, but play hell trying to get residential to pay that. Most people here think you should mow a corner lot with four thousand trees for 25 dollars. You just have to talk to the customer and kind of feel them out. If you feel they are cheap, shoot them a bid for 35, if you feel they want to pay, tell em 45. However i think a goal of 35 or 40 an hour is a good goal if you can hustle through some residential stuff. And with a 60 in z i think you should be ok!!

  4. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    Also, set a minimum. Tell yourself you wont take a yard for less than say 35, and stick to it. It will help you weed out customers that you probably dont want anyways.

  5. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    Gas here is 3.15 and diesel is 3.89. I put $95 in diesel in my truck day before yesterday. I know i just don't want to get gready. About 30 miles away from me my mower dealer told me the cheapest he had heard was 60 and the most was 95 per hour and these were one person deals.
  6. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    35 has always been my minimum. See my dealer is only 30 minutes away and he said all of the companys down there were 60 per hour and up for a one man show!!! That is why i was wondering about everything.
  7. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    Shoot if everybody is 60 an hour, just shoot for 40. You would be giving your customers a good deal, and still be making good money.
  8. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    You are in the wrong part of Kansas!
  9. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    yeah, thats why i am switching to mostly commercial. Plus commercial is less hassle in my opinion over residential. You can show a business owner how you are saving him money over doing it in house, and residentials just want it done cheap period.
  10. dennys-lawn

    dennys-lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Our minimum is $45.00 across the board just to mow 1/4 acre or less. Add employees, rent, workers comp, any advertising and utilities. Things to consider and allow for now if you plan to grow. It takes time and patience. Grow smart and slow. It is working well for us. Hope this helps.. :cool2:

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