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    Basically I look at the job, calculate how many hrs then times it by £20 leave waste there.
  • Hm. Not sure I like that. How much hedge, how much waste? Leaving it there for other people, your potential customers, to see doesn't come across as good marketing.

    How about pricing per square metre, add on waste disposal and leave a clean site? Quote for the job and explain the benefits, not how much per hour. This has been discussed time and again in LJN threads and always with the same advice from the more experienced biz peeps.

    What hedge cutting kit do you have? How will you replace it over time and meet your van and insurance costs on £20 per hour? So how do you get paid? How many metres can you do in an hour at, say, £1.50 to £2.00 per metre, which somebody doing it manually would have to charge and be in the customer's way whilst taking much longer?

  • Yo can cut a lot of hedge in an hour

  • My point exactly. A lot more than £20 worth.

  • It does all depend on how busy you are and if you want the job etc. Some people will be put off at any price you give or an hourly rate. Customers don't realise the speed a professional can work at.

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    I don't think Mark is giving them an hourly rate to me it sounds like that is his internal rate for working out the price.

  • 1. You're in business. You are not a charity. Support charities in your spare time, not in working time.

    2. If you want that little bit of work so badly it's time to stop pretending to be in business and go and work for a reliable wage in somebody else's business.

    If some of the people asking you to quote for work cannot afford to pay you, or will not by choice pay you, you have to accept that, walk away and talk to those people who can and will pay you. I have not been in this business (as a business, at least) for very long. But I have been in sales for a very long time. One thing I have learned over those years is that, if more than (roughly) 60-65% of prospects accept your offer then your pricing is too low for anything worth having. If you are meeting each and all enquiries for work then, frankly, you are either letting your customers take the piss or are seriously undervaluing yourself. Is that fair to your own family?

  • Factor in clearing up, loading up, taking away arisings plus waste disposal charge and you will come out at a very different figure and be nearer the mark. But you should not be charging a full rate when only doing 'half a job'.

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    Correct Seth, I never charge hourly rates I work my hedge quotes on £20 per hr that includes
    Set up, and leave the site pristine clean!! If it was just an hour job say,I would charge £30,I do offer waste removal & most jobs I do take waste away and gain on it, 99% of my hedges are in
    A 2 mile radius of my home, which helps with the traveling expenses, if It was a day job I would
    Charge at £150 per day ie 9-4..
  • Your original post gives the wrong impression Mark.

    mark thomas said:
    Correct Seth, I never charge hourly rates I work my hedge quotes on £20 per hr that includes
    Set up, and leave the site pristine clean!! If it was just an hour job say,I would charge £30,I do offer waste removal & most jobs I do take waste away and gain on it, 99% of my hedges are in
    A 2 mile radius of my home, which helps with the traveling expenses, if It was a day job I would
    Charge at £150 per day ie 9-4..
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