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Learning prices

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Tyler Keddy, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. Tyler Keddy

    Tyler Keddy LawnSite Member
    from Ottawa
    Messages: 48

    Hello everyone. I'm new here and a new solo proprietor as I decided to get into this forum to learn a reasonable cost for lawn cutting. From what I understand is that $25 or $40 may be a lowballing cost. But don't it seem like $60 is a lot to charge?
     
  2. kinneberg lawn service

    kinneberg lawn service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    Alot of factors come into play the cost of business, your wage and the location. Some areas have more demand and income to allocate to lawn care others less. Keep in mind demographics elderly have less income and affordability comes into play. Key is to set a minimum with an eye on your expenses. Remember quality sells.
     
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  3. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 7,710

    $60 CAD is only $45 USD.

    Cost to run a business and make profit has to come from somewhere.

    Try calling a few local companies and ask them what they charge.
     
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  4. Joana Williams

    Joana Williams LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Competitive pricing is a must. But you always need to know your cost, overhead, etc to run your business. Only you know that.

    That being said; There are so many other factors too. How long you will be there, what equipment you have, if you have employees, a lot of weed whacking, trees, fences, garden beds, dog poop, children's toys & play sets, etc
     
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    Tyler Keddy

    Tyler Keddy LawnSite Member
    from Ottawa
    Messages: 48

    I guess that sound like 45usd/60cad is reasonable then. Thanks
     
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    Tyler Keddy

    Tyler Keddy LawnSite Member
    from Ottawa
    Messages: 48

    Even if the grandfather customers asked why I'm adding up numbers or new customers, what should I say?
     
  7. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 7,710

    If I'm not billing $90+ per hour I would rather stay home.

    $45 is nice if it's for 30 minutes or less of labor.

    $45 doesn't go very far. That hardly covers dinner for 2.
     
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    Tyler Keddy

    Tyler Keddy LawnSite Member
    from Ottawa
    Messages: 48

    Rather staying home and not make money to pay rented and bills helps?
     
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    Tyler Keddy

    Tyler Keddy LawnSite Member
    from Ottawa
    Messages: 48

    What price should I charge for 1 to 2 acres? 1000 a month?
     
  10. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 7,710

    Or $2000 Maybe even $3,000
     
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