SOLO: Dollar a minute? Above or Below?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doublewide6, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Most fellers don't even know what bagging is all about, good work making homes look real nice sets you apart from the rest.
  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    All depends who is doing the math, I suppose...
    I am sure the creative accounting is just getting started.
  3. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    Guys just doing some thinking truck ,trailer,mower,blower,trimmer this is easy 30 grand. Minimum wage near 10$ an hour, workers comp,state taxes, federal taxes,insurance,license,fuel,health insurance. These are cost no matter were you live. So if you still want to tell people what they want to here and not the truth then so be it. It will be a testament to the lack of seriousness to this forum. So feel free to give it some thought and maybe get a little serious about running a business and not a hobby. This is not meant to insult anyone so squash the grade school insults. I do this to help raise my kids and pay for my house ,not to just buy beer.
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  4. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Do you think your the only one doing this to pay for your families expenses. I'm not sure what your obsession is with this. I thought this thread was dead. Does anyone actually bid jobs to lose money. Look I think it's pretty difficult to make what your saying you can make when just today I got a lawn sold and two hours later she called back and said her grandson was going to mow haha it's incredibly annoying.
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  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    So what do you do in a weeks worth of mowing
  6. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Here we go again...

    Folks don't seem to understand, we get paid a certain amount per hour.
    No, I mean what *I get paid* to work, is so much dollars an hour because as a worker *I* get paid by the hour.
    That amount should not vary, it is my labor cost.

    What varies is the equipment cost.

    Once we add equipment and labor costs together, that determines your hourly rate.

    I'm sorry to hear that.
    I don't think mine add up to 10, what you just numbered off, my truck's worth maybe a thousand blue book.
    But it's paid for, and that's insurance and payment costs my customers don't have to cover.

    I'm sorry to hear that as well.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2014
  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Make that three thousand four hundred blue book Private Party, Sixteen hundred Trade In, Fair condition.

    Wow, that's more than what I paid for it 7 years ago, I am really amazed how expensive everything has gotten.
    I ain't never heard of a vehicle increasing in value, especially not your average daily driver.
    How do you people survive?
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I understand that I said 30 for labor That is just the man not the equipment
    That same guy running a skid then its 30 + 75 for the skid per hour
    I pay the guy 15 and I make 15 when he runs the skid then I make 90
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Only wish I had 30 grand in my setup Just sitting on trailer is 30 grand in 3 mowers
  10. danieljoohn18

    danieljoohn18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I don't understand this dollar a min?? Are you bagging all these lawns? If you are charging a dollar a min then I thing you are way low. In one hr one of my crews is able to cut, trim, and blow off all concrete surfaces of a 200 unit town home plan. Now this is 3 guys. So by your guidelines I would only be charging them 60 for all of this?? I would be out of business in a week if that were the case.

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