if wisdom comes with age, that would make my man rodfather a gdamn genious! u hit it on the head rod. i started at 2:30, and ended at 3:20. what slowed me down was, i left my pitchfork at the mulch place, and had to use a cr@ppy little shovel. 2 yards of nice mulch = about 14 wheelbarrows, and about 50 min of labor under the conditions i described. figure an extra 20 min if u had to spread it around the shrubbery.
Ok Bob I'll bite ...first off your happy with the 140 thats all that matters.
Your keeping track of your times..that's great! Did keep track of your travel and other general conditions .IE: talking with the customer, clean up etc.
We're at $75 per, installed minimum, but not a 2 yard job. I would have tried to squeeze a bit more out of him but I'm not interested in 2 yd jobs unless it's for a regular customer.
How much are you paying per yard? Shredded cedar mulch(nice looking stuff) and the material of choice for us lately, retails for about 40 ...we buy it in at around 12.
not askin you to bite....but you could nibble a little. usually we get root mulch, double ground, for like 12 bucks a yard. that's nice brown mulch. now, our usual guy isn't stocked yet, so i went elsewhere. i always combine services to make it worth my while. yesterday i did a cleanup, and dropped the mulch, so my total for the property was not $140. i paid $46 for the mulch. my entire 3 hour ordeal got me $240. take away the $46 for the mulch, $3 bucks for gas...figure it out. and i am a solo, i aint payin no body drive time, etc. i get 2 jobs like this a day, everyday, i'm living large, and barely breakin a sweat.
You are going to lose your arse if you think you can use a "by minute" formula in landscaping. As Kris said, you have to set a per yard or per ton minimum on jobs like this. Same as in building retention walls, patios, etc.
You say you are "livin large" because of this job. I will bet you that you will not get another customer all year that just wants you to dump the mulch so they can spread it. I wish you luck in the world of landscaping and if you do it right you will soon find that landscaping pays the bills and mowing is just something to do to stay busy with between jobs.
Well, I don't understand how you are making about $100/hour for mulch and then, as I remember, are having trouble making $65/hour for mowing..................
I'd think charging the customer $20/yard for mulch you pay $12/yard for, and $30/yard to spread is a bit more fair.......