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I just get anymore, I am tired of stressing out about my 'man hour rate.' I am just going to start charging by the job. I know what a 30 yard is, a 40.00 yard, and 75.00 yard.....etc. I think that way to many people put emphasis on a man hour rate. Sure you probably need a set amount about how much you need to make, but there is no reason in going to a bid and looking like a total dumba** because you don't know what to charge. I just take my own yard and visualize it in my mind, and compare that size to the one I am bidding. Its not rocket science. Now when it comes to other stuff besides mowing, maybe I will figure in my rate, but I am just tired of losing sleep over it.
I have to agree. Most people at least in my area see lawn care guys as scrubby high school dropouts that cant get a real job. The few clients that I am close to were amassed to learn I actually made more than them and really don't have to mow lawns at all. I can not stand dealing with hourly rates. As I said most are seen as people that cant get real jobs and when you say $35 per hour or something they definitely raise a brow to you. On top of that we have all these kids on summer break mowing lawns for $20 a pop. Its very hard to compete. Most of my better clients get charged 40-50 per mowing, I find myself tossing in a lot of extras such as spraying weeds around the house for free just to keep them happy. I think for most I would be hard pressed to raise my prices again. Because of this I keep massaging myself doing better work and working on better equipment to get my per lawn times down so I can do more in one day and therefore stay in the black. I am hoping when school starts back up I will be able to move in on some more clients. I was crunching some numbers though and found I need to raise my prices about another %20 to afford an employee to work when I can not.
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I just get anymore, I am tired of stressing out about my 'man hour rate.' I am just going to start charging by the job. I know what a 30 yard is, a 40.00 yard, and 75.00 yard.....etc. I think that way to many people put emphasis on a man hour rate. Sure you probably need a set amount about how much you need to make, but there is no reason in going to a bid and looking like a total dumba** because you don't know what to charge. I just take my own yard and visualize it in my mind, and compare that size to the one I am bidding. Its not rocket science. Now when it comes to other stuff besides mowing, maybe I will figure in my rate, but I am just tired of losing sleep over it.
No it's not rocket science so why are you stressing out. If you know your overhead costs and what you need to make per hour for mowing you should be able to look at a property and figure how long it will take. I like the dollar a min.
rule. $30.00 yard your at that property no more than a 1/2 hour.

Never ever discuss your hourly rate with customers. A lot of them may think differently if their paying you $60.00/ hour to cut grass even though your charging $30.00 for a 1/2 hour job which is the same thing.
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No it's not rocket science so why are you stressing out. If you know your overhead costs and what you need to make per hour for mowing you should be able to look at a property and figure how long it will take. I like the dollar a min.
rule. $30.00 yard your at that property no more than a 1/2 hour.

Never ever discuss your hourly rate with customers. A lot of them may think differently if their paying you $60.00/ hour to cut grass even though your charging $30.00 for a 1/2 hour job which is the same thing.
I just don't see the dollar a minute thing working, to me its to technical. I know what what I have to do and I am charging by the job. And I never discuss my hourly rate, I don't think I said that though but thanks for the advice.
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I just don't see the dollar a minute thing working, to me its to technical. I know what what I have to do and I am charging by the job. And I never discuss my hourly rate, I don't think I said that though but thanks for the advice.
The dollar a minute charge is not carved in stone. It is just a good gage for approximately what I like to get for mowing and trimming.

The bottom line: Long as your making money it doesn't matter how you charge.
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