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hourly rates

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sparcolawn, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. sparcolawn

    sparcolawn LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 179

    what do you charge for an hourly labor rate? stuff like mulching, instulations, everything besides mowing... Last year i charged $35.00 an hr. this year im thinking about going up to $37.00 an hour
     
  2. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    I never charge a hourly rate. You can get more just charging by the job. If you tell someone that you charge $65.00, they think your crazy. But if you tell them, the job will cost $130.00 they are more likely agree to it. Not to mention, you can't be accused of working to slow.
     
  3. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    are for people who don't really want to make real money
     
  4. AlbeLawn

    AlbeLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    That is in the area of what i charge. 35-80 depending on the type of work. 80 being ripping out 25 15 year old yews by hand. (was not accessible with a truck). The problem with giving $ amounts for some jobs is that they want you there doing stupid things. i have a residential customer that will want me there 8-10 hours a week over when i cut. what i do changes every week. so what you are trying to charge seems fine. sometimes i think i am a little low. But i always charge for dumping+1hour labor if it is a full load.

    Jim
    Albenesius Lawn Service
     
  5. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 865

    You can have an hourly rate without the customer knowing what it is. Otrherwise how do you prepare a budget, or forecast your sales for the year...better yet, how do you know what to charge the customer? Guess? Just look at something and say "hmmm, that looks like it should cost $275.00" NO, you should look at the job and say"hmmm, that looks like it should take 8 hours (8hrs x 30/hr would equal $240.00)" You dont tell the customer you think it should take 8 hrs, you tell them it will be $240.00.
     
  6. LawnEmpire

    LawnEmpire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Yeah i charge by the job. I figure what I my hourly rate would be in head head calculate by how much time i think it wil take and thats how much i charge per job. It works out well
     
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    charge the customer per hour, or have a rate that YOU use to base your job pricing???
     
  8. the scaper

    the scaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 690

    Thats what I do, works great. Way more than 30/hr though but i keep 1-2 helpers too.
     

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