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Starting a lawn care business.

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Old 07-30-2009, 01:57 PM
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What should the minimum charge be per lawn..

I have it set at $35.00 ??

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The way I set my minimum price is with a stop charge which I add to the amount I ask per 1000 square feet. The stop charge is the amount I want to drive there, unload my equipment and load it up again to go to the next one. I doubt you'd sell a city lot at $35. I do some houses that are 800 square feet each. Each one takes me about 10 total minutes including weed whacking and blowing. Even asking $14 each that extrapolates to $84 per hour.

The stop charge plus certain amount per 1000 square feet makes the smaller lawns more profitable especially if you line up more than one at one stop.

Why are you bagging?

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The way I set my minimum price is with a stop charge which I add to the amount I ask per 1000 square feet. The stop charge is the amount I want to drive there, unload my equipment and load it up again to go to the next one. I doubt you'd sell a city lot at $35. I do some houses that are 800 square feet each. Each one takes me about 10 total minutes including weed whacking and blowing. Even asking $14 each that extrapolates to $84 per hour.

The stop charge plus certain amount per 1000 square feet makes the smaller lawns more profitable especially if you line up more than one at one stop.

Why are you bagging?
When I say bagging..On my mowers we have bags..so we just remove all the cuttings..no racking..

Some say you should price each lawn by the minute..??

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When I say bagging..On my mowers we have bags..so we just remove all the cuttings..no racking..
I have no idea what racking is but bagging the clippings is detrimental to the and is more work. I can't see an upside to doing it.

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Some say you should price each lawn by the minute..??
By the minute or by the square foot. Each square foot takes a certain amount of time so area is time and time is area, right.
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Hi shaunster,

Have you gotten a chance to play around with our business calculators yet?

They will get you thinking about how much your overhead is and how much you need to charge per hour.

Ultimately you want to know what your expenses are. Then you want to figure out how much you need to charge per hour to cover those expenses and make a profit.

When you are first getting started you see a lot of business owners not sure of what their expenses are so they shoot for a $45 to $60 an hour range when they are bidding. But as you are in business longer you learn more what YOU need to be profitable and you base your prices on what YOU need. Not what others need.

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Hi shaunster,

Have you gotten a chance to play around with our business calculators yet?

They will get you thinking about how much your overhead is and how much you need to charge per hour.

Ultimately you want to know what your expenses are. Then you want to figure out how much you need to charge per hour to cover those expenses and make a profit.

When you are first getting started you see a lot of business owners not sure of what their expenses are so they shoot for a $45 to $60 an hour range when they are bidding. But as you are in business longer you learn more what YOU need to be profitable and you base your prices on what YOU need. Not what others need.

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Thanks guys for your response..

And yes Steve this whole forum has been a great spot for guys like me that are just starting out..I'm up here in Nova Scotia, Canada so the season is short..

I may be over pricing some of my jobs and in return is why I'm not getting them..I'll take a look at the business calculators ..

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I may be over pricing some of my jobs and in return is why I'm not getting them..I'll take a look at the business calculators ..
Well if you want to experiment, when you give your bids, do it in person. See how the homeowner reacts to your bid. If they sign up on the spot, great! If they don't, try and figure out why they aren't. Ask them what you could do to get them to agree.

The more you ask your potential customers, the more you will learn.

Don't let this be a mystery. Ask them what you need to do to resolve the issue so you can perform their yard service.

I'd love to hear what happens from this.

Keep me posted.
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Well if you want to experiment, when you give your bids, do it in person. See how the homeowner reacts to your bid. If they sign up on the spot, great! If they don't, try and figure out why they aren't. Ask them what you could do to get them to agree.

The more you ask your potential customers, the more you will learn.

Don't let this be a mystery. Ask them what you need to do to resolve the issue so you can perform their yard service.

I'd love to hear what happens from this.

Keep me posted.
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Thanks guys for your response..

And yes Steve this whole forum has been a great spot for guys like me that are just starting out..I'm up here in Nova Scotia, Canada so the season is short..

I may be over pricing some of my jobs and in return is why I'm not getting them..I'll take a look at the business calculators ..

Thanks again,
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I charge a minimum of $35.00 per lawn...never any less. There are some companies in my area that charge $50.00 minimum...which is ridiculous IMO. If you have the quality to back up what you are charging you'll never have a problem.
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