need some tips

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jsosa, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. jsosa

    jsosa LawnSite Member
    from houston
    Messages: 15

    im just starting my own company for mowing. i plan to take what ever comes my way commercial or residental... know i now more or less how to charge on residential..anywhere from 25 - 40 depending on the yard and what they may want extra for cleaning flower beds or trimming the thing i havent figured out is how to charge on commercial accounts like apartments or a shopping would i go about charging something like that..i have heard about the 1.00 an hour rule but i feel that may not be a great rule if you have great equipment to do the work in half the time compared to someone who has a small 21 inch mower...anyone have some good advice that may help me get a good idea on how to charge
  2. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 762

    A dollar a hour is going to make for a long day.
  3. jsosa

    jsosa LawnSite Member
    from houston
    Messages: 15

    i meant a dollar a min sorry
  4. Larry7901

    Larry7901 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Here's what I'm doing:

    Let's assume that you want to pay yourself $10.00 an hour to the math simple.

    If the account will take you 5 hours per cut, that would be $50.00.....

    Add 25% to cover your taxes and insurance.

    Add 15% to cover your equipment and depreciation.

    Add 30% for your profit.

    So the math would be:

    $50.00 x 25% = $12.50 (taxes, insurance)

    $50.00 x 15% = $7.50 (equipment, depreciation)

    $50.00 x 30% = $15.00 (profit)

    Total = $35.00

    Plus Your Pay $50.00

    Total Per Cut $85.00

    I realize you will pay yourself more than $10.00 per hour, but it made the math simple. Also, you may need to adjust the percentages according to your insurance cost, equipment cost, etc.

    I hope that helps!
  5. jsosa

    jsosa LawnSite Member
    from houston
    Messages: 15

    thanks for the advice that pretty good way of seeing how to charge
  6. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    The search function on this site is your friend. This question is asked everyday. Not knowing how to charge for your services to insure that you make a profit should be a warning sign to you.

    You should have figured that and much more out before you decided to go into business.
  7. grass pro llc

    grass pro llc LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 62

    Just answer his question or don't bother posting. Man I'm tired of guy's like you.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    And how would you know you needed to figure these things out
    if you had not yet decided to go into business? :p

    After all, if you're not going there's no need LOL

    Peace out guys
  9. jsosa

    jsosa LawnSite Member
    from houston
    Messages: 15

    i hate to talk to people who feel there %*@# doesnt stink.....we are all here on this site to learn new things and to make a honest buck for a days work..i never said i was clueless about how too charge i just want some advice because i would hate too lose a job because i over bid or get a job and be way over my head....there is no one on this site would started on the top everyone starts somewhere...
  10. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Well $1/min or $60/hr is a good number, if you can get it! Around here I can't get that most of the time. So, just because guys on here use that number and yell at you when you don't, you may not get any work because you could be to high. Or you could get to much work because you are to low. You've gotta get a feel for the market in your area and figure out what you need to charge to make your business profitable.

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