Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

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.

New lawn care business


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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #21  
Old 07-15-2012, 03:05 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 5
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

Okay, so $40 for just a mow, how much should I be charging if I were to do the trimming and the edging of this place to? $60?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #22  
Old 07-15-2012, 03:11 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by xandrew245x View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 07-15-2012, 03:30 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 5
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

How much profit markup did you put in the calculator?
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 07-15-2012, 03:39 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 5
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

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
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 07-15-2012, 03:43 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xandrew245x View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 07-15-2012, 03:51 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 5
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 07-15-2012, 06:00 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 5
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 07-15-2012, 10:54 PM
Godslapper Godslapper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: I live in a house
Age: 50
Posts: 99
Rep Power: 5
Godslapper is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 07-16-2012, 10:13 AM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 5
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

Anyone have any input on my snow removal idea.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 07-16-2012, 11:12 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xandrew245x View Post
Anyone have any input on my snow removal idea.
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.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2 simple lawn care business success tips. - GopherHaul 54 Lawn Care Marketing Show Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 02-10-2010 05:24 AM
Making the most of lawn care business upsells? GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketin Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 08-12-2009 10:04 PM
Making the most of lawn care business upsells? GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketin Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 08-12-2009 10:02 PM
Lawn care business sales lesson - GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketing Show Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 07-30-2009 04:03 PM
Lawn care business sales lesson - GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketing Show Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 07-30-2009 04:01 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
Yesterday 10:01 PM
by Lawnline
1 471
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
07-27-2016 08:02 PM
by Steve
25 6,033
Now Hiring Just South of...
Chilehead
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
by Chilehead
0 27
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
07-26-2016 11:22 PM
by Chilehead
11 260
Hi everyone!
greenwavemedia
07-25-2016 03:22 PM
07-26-2016 11:21 AM
by Lawnline
2 58
Hi! I'm Tony from Tampa
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:47 PM
07-26-2016 11:12 AM
by Lawnline
6 666
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
07-26-2016 10:30 AM
by Lawnline
16 18,758
Z246 Deck change question
JohnsLawnCare
07-25-2016 01:47 PM
07-25-2016 06:38 PM
by Steve
1 49
DIY Sprayer
acrajchel
07-25-2016 09:13 AM
07-25-2016 06:36 PM
by Steve
1 47
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
07-25-2016 06:20 PM
by Steve
15 578
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
07-25-2016 03:06 PM
by greenwavemedia
5 10,510
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
07-25-2016 02:49 PM
by greenwavemedia
9 1,496
New Business Owner
danesdanglas87
07-20-2016 12:31 PM
07-21-2016 05:04 PM
by Steve
2 123
Question about...
Bradcook21
07-18-2016 05:22 PM
07-19-2016 04:38 PM
by Steve
2 146
Hello from Watertown New...
lawnmanrick81
07-19-2016 03:57 PM
07-19-2016 04:11 PM
by Steve
1 83
Gutter Cleaning Tool
DanielThomas
07-18-2016 08:23 AM
07-18-2016 04:36 PM
by Steve
1 115
Starting on a lawn care...
Coco3465
07-16-2016 11:26 AM
07-17-2016 09:20 AM
by Steve
1 142
Aspiring Company Owner
TJ136
07-12-2016 05:12 AM
07-15-2016 02:52 PM
by SC93
6 245
Hi Everyone
JavelinaLawn
07-10-2016 07:29 PM
07-13-2016 02:01 PM
by Chilehead
5 780
Custom Canopies
JohnsLawnCare
07-12-2016 08:38 AM
07-12-2016 04:14 PM
by Steve
1 288
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
07-11-2016 03:53 PM
by Steve
4 308
John Deere JS40 issues
Mr. Mow
07-06-2016 01:28 PM
07-11-2016 03:52 PM
by Steve
3 234
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
07-11-2016 11:18 AM
by DanielThomas
15 1,788
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
07-11-2016 09:11 AM
by Chilehead
9 3,316
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
07-07-2016 05:07 PM
by Steve
11 10,572
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
07-07-2016 05:00 PM
by Steve
4 276
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
07-07-2016 04:53 PM
by Steve
24 1,297
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
07-05-2016 12:38 PM
by Chilehead
6 394
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
07-05-2016 11:54 AM
by Steve
14 898
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
07-04-2016 09:19 AM
by LawnPerfection
9 1,718
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
07-02-2016 03:41 AM
by markty
27 1,973
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:08 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:08 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy