I have a measuring wheel and wanted to know if anyone out there uses one to bid lawn mowing jobs? I have not used it yet because I have no clue to how one would come up with a sq. foot price.
First off, you need to know your overhead costs. How much do you need to make per hour.
That will allow you to come up with a minimum figure you will need to charge just to show up to a persons house. From there you will have to charge an additional fee based on the sq ft.
You need to consider, how long such a sq. ft property will take you to service, based on your equipment.
Then you add these two figures up and you will have a fee that will allow you to profit evenly, whether you are mowing a large lawn or a small one. your profit should be proportional to the amount of time you are spending on each property.
You should experiment with the online lawn care business calculators
here and you will start to see how important it is to know the size of the property and how that equates to time spent servicing it.
Does that help?