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Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
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That seems pretty steep for a job that would take me only about a half hour to do.

I tried the calculator and it said to only charge 12.50 for the job. I think an easy way for me to do quotes would aim for a certain amount of money made an hour. So if i'm looking to make 25-30 an hour, I should really only charge him about $20, I then have my mothers house to mow which only takes me about 45 mins and I only charge her $25, so thats almost $45 an hour.

I'm really not sure about estimating and pricing, but i'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.
Well first off most shoot for $45-$60 a hour. You have to account for travel time and all your expenses in your hourly rate. You wont last long charging $25 a hour and will become miserable soon.

The lawn calculator is based off the numbers you put in. This is what it said when I did it. If the job will take you 26 minutes your total bid should be $43.46 which includes your profit mark-up.

If its just a small amount of trimming it wont add much to the price. Maybe $5-$10 if that. I always include trimming in the price.
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How much profit markup did you put in the calculator?
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Nevermind, I figured out what I was going wrong, I only work about 10 hours a week for lawn care, and I was putting that under the amount of weeks worked a year, not under the amount of hours worked a week, no wonder it wasn't working right ;P silly me.

Now that I figured that out. It says I should charge exactly $30
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How much profit markup did you put in the calculator?
didnt change that just added my expenses. Instead of truck payment I add my auto, and GL insurance and so forth. A easy way to bid is a dollar a minute but with lawns you should figure a price for 1/4,1/2,3/4 and 1 acre. Then adjust based on difficulty and trimming.

Most have minimum charge between $25-$35 no matter how big the property is.

I would have your mom call 2 or 3 companies for estimates. Then youll see what the competition is charging and you already know how long it takes to do it.
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I would have your mom call 2 or 3 companies for estimates. Then youll see what the competition is charging and you already know how long it takes to do it.
Okay, I like that idea Im going to ask her to do that for me.

So if I charged a minmum of $25 to go out, how much would I charge on top of it to do the job? The estimator says $30 for the whole job, so with a $25 base fee and $30 estimated cost, should it cost $55 for the job? Or should i charge like $40.
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Another question, I live in pa, winters are very strange here, sometimes we get hammered with snow, others there is no snow.

I considered doing snow removeal in winter, that honestly when I could use more money anyways. I don't want to get a snowplow for my truck, but I do have a snowblower. Could I use the snowblower to remove snow from customers driveways, or is that just stupid?

I would also hand shovel their sidewalk, and anywhere I missed with the snowblower, then salt their driveway.

I know it would take much longer with a snow blower, thats why i'm asking if its even worth it.
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lol. I've never had the calculator come up with a price that low. At the very least you need to have a minimum charge to show up. For me that's $ 50 bucks. Or tell the customer it's a monthly fee just like the phone bill. $ 150 per month to keep your place in good shape and I decide how to go about that.
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Anyone have any input on my snow removal idea.
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people do it with blowers or atvs. The problem is you have to charge the same as the guy that uses a plow and does the driveway and walks in 5 mins. So you can still get $40-$50 a driveway but youll be working longer and harder then the next guy.

A idea would be to find a plow guy that doesnt do walks. This way you just go house to house doing the walks. This will cut your time down a lot and youll get volume.
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Thanks I appreciate the input, Maybe i'll advertise for just sidewalk clearing and salting. I wouldn't mind doing driveways, but like you said it would take much longer, so maybe I could do a driveway if I were asked to.
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