When you are beginning your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a yard works lawn mowing service? This is an issue that was recently motivated to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Place. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you haven’t done so, log on the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your areas. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in your area can give you the going rate. You could also want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the business? If so, ask them what they charge per lawn.
Another response that was posted was to speak to a few local lawn care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to service your lawn. If you don’t have a lawn then ask a friend to obtain a few estimates to service their lawn. When get three estimates, you will have a good idea just how much to charge. You knows the price, plus you uncover the square footage size of your lawn and may do divide that out to find how much to charge per square ft. Amount give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you have to run your lawn care business can drastically alter from another lawn care business owner’s expenses, so know your expenses.
The next question you may well be wondering is should you charge by the sq . ft . or man hour?
Kurt Chance said “The first thing you always want to do, when giving an estimate, can be walk the property and do not be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when Acquired there I was set for a surprise. I couldn’t know there were four ditches in the front lot that would need for you to become manually trimmed and gone around while mowing. Luckily for me it still took the estimated time that I figured and my price still puzzled out to what I wanted.”
If you are a new lawn care business owner, you may want to charge based on man hour. Author Joel LaRusic of mowboy.com suggests “you want to quote quality, not time. In plain english it’s better to say “I’ll perform these set of services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than health “I’ll spend an hour at your house for $50.” Of course, you can use your hourly rate to base your price on but you don’t must have to pass those pricing precisely to the customer. Probable disappointment the customer watching contributions and as you grasp your job and shave a few minutes from it, that should be to your advantage.”
Kurt explained further “What I do when estimating large properties is I figure out how long it’s going to take me. Break it into smaller sections if Prepared to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I’d like to make from the property and put a price together from that. A lot of times commercial properties are usually broken up into several mowing areas, I find it easier to just figure out the time it needs for each and then figure out the total time plus drive your time.”
Another more advanced method is to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a much more experience, because it critical your formulas are accurate.