I went to an estimating seminar yesterday by a guy named J.R.Huston. I always wondered if I had a handle on my business expenses and so forth. I quickly learned I left a lot out of the big picture. Our local landscape organization had him speak for an 8 hour seminar and it really opened my eyes. We started by figuring out true employee costs including tax burdens. We then went into all of the other expenses involved in the business from materials to office and administrative expenses. Next we figured out how much our equipment cost per hour from trucks to skid loaders to leaf blowers including fuel usage for each.
He had us doing all of it on spread sheets. Then we did some multi crew bid scenarios. My eyes were opened wide by all of this. If you belong to a landscape association please encourage them to invite Jim or someone with his industry knowledge to speak to you. It was by far the best $ 200.00 I have ever spent.
I am not a spokesperson for him, just a happy client.