Question about hourly rate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawnstar, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. Lawnstar

    Lawnstar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    For the most part I have always worked alone. However last week I hired two men to help me. I charge $35.00 per hour when I work alone.

    We cleaned up leaves at my first account and worked on it for 2 hours. The two men worked just as hard as I did.

    My question is should I bill for 6 man hours (3 men @ 2 hours = 6 man hours).
    Or should I bill for 2 hours for my part and add to that what I pay my two employees for those 2 hours.

    Any thoughts? Thanks

  2. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Charge per man hour. Just look at it as it would have taken you six hours to do it alone so charge accordingly.
  3. cush

    cush LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Definitely bill for 6 hours @ $35 = $210 otherwise whats the point in having employees. They were on the clock on the way to and from the property, you have to pay Workman's comp pay for the equipment they were using fuel ect. ect. ect. Don' cut yourself short, if you only charge $70 you probably just lost money if you are running a legit business. Just my .02
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,499

    That's a no brainer...6 man hours times your hourly rate.
  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,895

    Agreed - no brainer. You always charge your hourly rate for each man. Why would you do it any other way?
  6. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    Yup...what everyone else said!!!
  7. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,266

    I charge my hourly rate if there is 2 guys or 10 thats the only way to make money.
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 8,742

    6 man hours wthout a doubt

    TXLAWNBOY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    No doubt, 6 man hours. Like others said don't sell yourself short, because if you do you may sell yourself out of business. The price of equip., gas, supplies, TIME, etc. is to high not to charge accordingly. Josh

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