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Actually it worked out nicely. I think I priced everything out correctly. I found a formula for estimating the required cubic yardage of mulch in a home depot 1-2-3 gardening book. The formula worked out correcltly. I think it was "(square footage X depth of inches desired) / 324" It worked out nicely. I needed about 2.4 yards, so I bought 3 and had just enough to fill some small beds at my aunt's house, too. Not bad.
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This is my first year on my own so I have had some trouble estimating jobs. Some of my clean-ups have been a little off in terms of time expected.

As for mulch, my previous experience is working with 2 other guys. Doing it myself is a much slower process. I've done 3 mulch jobs this year, and I think about 1 hour to spread 1 cubic yard of mulch has been working accurately thus far.

But I'll be honest, it's frustrating to see these jobs go slowly when I know how fast they could go with some help. I guess I have to find solace in the fact that all the money is coming to me. That being said, I can't wait to get enough clients to sustain hiring an employee. Not only do I want the help, I also wouldn't mind the company.
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Do you have any friends in the area that you could hire on per job depending on the size of it? Doing it that way, might help you scale your business up faster.
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Probably not. All of my friends have full time jobs. I could probably get them to help on weekends, but that's really not much help for me because I don't have that much work. I wouldn't want to wait for the weekend if I have free time to do a job during the week.

I think in my area the only source of labor I could use on an "as needed" basis would come from an illegal immigrant source. I'm not really interested in doing that, but I don't know anybody else who'd be willing to work whenever I need them.
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