When you are first starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is a question that was recently inspired to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Community forum. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you have never done so, log to the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your part. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in the market can give you the going rate. You furthermore want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the service? 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 yard works lawn care service. If you have to a lawn then ask a friend to get yourself a few estimates to service their lawn. When to be able to three estimates, you could have a good idea the amount to charge. You knows the price, plus you uncover the square footage measurements of your lawn and doable ! divide that out determine how much to charge per square ft. Ought to actually give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you ought 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 might be wondering is should you charge by the square foot or man hour?
Kurt Chance said “The first thing you always want to do, when giving an estimate, is 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 in for a surprise. I couldn’t know there were four ditches in the front lot that would need regarding manually trimmed and gone around while mowing. Luckily for me it still took the estimated time that I figured and my price still resolved to what I wanted.”
If you are a fresh 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 other words it’s better to say “I’ll perform these pair of services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than health “I’ll spend an hour at your house for $50.” Of course, you should use your hourly rate to base your price on but you don’t need to pass those pricing details on to the customer. You should the customer watching the hands of time and as you get better at 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 I want 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 going to be broken up into a few mowing areas, I get it easier to just figure out the time it might take for each and then figure out the total time plus drive season.”
Another more advanced method is to charge per square foot based on formulas. Using formulas requires a not much more experience, because it critical your formulas are accurate.