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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bhawk, Apr 18, 2005.
how do i go about estimating a job?
You can do it one of several ways. The first thing you need to do is decide how you want to compete - by price or by quality - quality can usually demand a higher price. If by price then simply price according to what the other LCO's are charging. However, if you want to be successful in this business, you need to determine your costs in order to ensure you make a profit. Figure how many hours you will be working during the week, and how many weeks a year in your area. (With a new business, you'll need to speculate on a lot of these figures.) Then figure out your fixed costs, and divide by the number of hours you'll be working for the year, as well as your variable costs and multiply by the number of hours you expect to work. Add these figures together and you have an idea of what your costs per hour are. Now you can figure out how long a job will take you and multiply by your hourly figure to ensure you at least break even. Tack a profit on top of that and you're good to go. The more jobs you have, the less it will cost you per hour to operate. And the more you operate, the more efficient, and therefore the more profitable you'll become.