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Travel Time

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Keegan, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 611

    How do you calculate travel time? Just by taking your hourly labor rate and calculate accordingly or some other way?

  2. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    You get paid for travel time?
  3. Doug1966

    Doug1966 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    What for? To estimate for a client bid? For payroll purposes? Whether it is included in job costing?

    ..why ask a question when you don't give us a chance to answer it for you without making a guess.
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    Write down the time you get to each job and the time you leave. Subtract that from the time you leave your shop until you get back. Duh
  5. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

  6. paradise32258

    paradise32258 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    does anybody know , say for example im bidding a job that is 6 hrs away , what the law in florida is for paying employees travel time to and from the job site . yrs ago when i worked for a guy i think he paid us 60% of our hourly rate, but i cant remeber and cant seem to find it anywhere. thanks

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    you have to pay regular pay for travel time, its not the empoyees fault that you took a job so far away.
  8. paradise32258

    paradise32258 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    lol yea , thanks , they can always take the day off.. and use day labor. but im still wondering if that is the florida law though.
  9. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636


    Log the time you leave the office...
    Log start and stop times at each property.
    Log the time you end at the office.

    Add time on each property together.
    Divide by total time (stop time minus start time).
    Multiply by 100.
    Result is what percentage of the workday you actually spent working.
    Use that percentage to figure markup for bids, rout efficiency, etc.

    Calculate it daily (You can make a form that helps the crew do it themselves) and you (or your crew) will become more excited about seeing how efficient you can be.

    "60% efficiency last week, let's see if we can hit 75% today"

    A benefit to the crew logging this on a piece of paper is you have evidence of when they did the work.

    "Mam, we did service your property on July 11th. We showed up on your property at 11:34 and left at 11:58." (I have had to do this a couple times. It is nice to have)

    You can use that same sheet to log employee hours.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2009
  10. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Or you can get Hindsite software and it will do it for you.

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