Newbie needs help estimating everything!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by grassmasterdawn, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. grassmasterdawn

    grassmasterdawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I'd like to start mowing lawns, doing clean-up, mulching and planting, but why does it seem like there is some sort of industry-wide mystery about estimating a job? I've bought books and software, yet the forms are all blank leaving it for me to fill in all of the numbers. Heck! if I have to put in all of the numbers, then the software and the forms are totally unnecessary. Can anyone give me any pointers? Thanks. Dawn
  2. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    Add overhead costs plus what you need to make profit wise and divide how much work you have. If this is a high number check industry standards be calling around and asking. Otherwise use your numbers.

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