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What to charge a friend

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by paulwade1, Mar 23, 2003.

  1. paulwade1

    paulwade1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I have a friend that wants me to mow 5 acres. This land is like pasture. I will see if there are any obsticles or bad terrain tomorrow. Please help price this. No edging or trimming.

  2. NYRookie

    NYRookie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    It all depends. What kind of equipment do you use? What does pasture mean? Up where I live, pasture is land that can't be farmed- bumpy, wet and rocky. I have an Exmark lazer Z 23 hp w/60" cut. I would guess if you have equivelant equipment, and it is dry & level, you should be able to mow that in app. 1.5 hours. I would do it once and see how long it takes, then charge him your hourly rate.

    Hopes this helps.
  3. paulwade1

    paulwade1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I think that he has 5 acres of ......grass, I wouldn't expect rock. I have a 48" Great Dane Z.
  4. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    All depends on how good a friend he is...:D
  5. FULL PRICE. Business is business. If he's a real friend, he'll pay your going rate. Unless you're hard-up and he's being charitable. But its best never to hire someone you can't fire. So you may be straining your friendship.
  6. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I would charge like it was any other customer. Friend or not you still have a business to run.
  7. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    I will do business with good friends, however money does not become an issue. I don't charge them any money, however I get a good meal after I am done or they help me out in other ways. If I do ever ask for money it is to cover some form of expense such as labor or if I have to buy some form of product. Just my take on things. That is of course if he wants it done once.
  8. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    A good friend once told me (as he was charging me for towing my car) help your friends in any way you choose but never I repeat never give away what you do for a living. It made sense to me and I always payed him for the many times he had to rescue me:eek: LOL
    Any real friend will understand.
  9. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485


    Don't work for friends.

    I have had most of my bad business experiences working for friends. A few years ago I spent 6 hours working on a friends lawn, used $300.00 in supplies, seed, & fertilizer. I drove 55 miles eash way pulling a trailer with tractor. His wife cooked a decent hamburger meal and they asked me how much they owed me, I said "my expenses were $300.00, just add to that what you would like to give me...the check was for $350.00, after paying for my gas I had about $20.

    After that I said I would not do work for friends again....well I did. This past fall a friend asked me if I could do his lawn, I said yes and told him it would be $175.00. After several phone calls and emails I just got the check last week - 6 months later.
  10. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    I have a friend that owns a service station. I buy my gas there because he is a good friend. I don't get my gas any cheaper than anyone else.
    My friend needs lawn care at the station. Me, being a good friend mows the lawn for the same rate that everyone else pays. Being a friend got me the job. Not the price.

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