Back in 2013 people were charging £35 per man hour. I would suggest that £40 - £60 per hour for "trimming" a hedge is reasonable, plus a charge for taking away the rubbish.

    Ask a Tree Surgeon how much they charge for hedge trimming and you will probably get a £shock, as most of them around this area don't do anything for less than £100 per man hour. 

    £35/hour for hedge trimming?
    I've been reading Paul Power's excellent book on starting a gardening business. In it, there's a section on providing estimates in which he gives an…
  • I did a bit more online research and came across an interesting thread from 2013 about contractors cutting hedges with a tractor and flail cutter, the average came out at 32 to 35 pounds an hour, with some talk of 18 an hour which quite rightly us business suicide. While my car mechanic charges £50 an hour I shall not feel guilty about charging £30 an hour.
    • When you take into account the amount of time it takes you to travel to the job, and the time and effort to dispose of rubbish to the tip (if you do that), and the costs of running you van, fuel, machinery,  then you may find that £30 per hour gets diluted to a lot less than you would hope to earn.

      It is far better when giving a quote to charge per job, than to give an hourly rate. By giving a quote for the job the customer does not relate the price to hourly wages, but does relate the price to what they would be willing to pay to have the job done.

      But to be able to quote a price for the job, you do need to know your figures. 

      For example, (if you are lawn mowing) you need to know the average time it takes to do 100, Sq Mtrs, and 200 Sq Mtrs, etc etc. 

      It's not much use having a blanket price for any type of job, because the smaller the job the more it will cost you per unit rate. For example, to get to a job and mow 100Sq meters you might charge £25, for 200 Sq meters you might charge £35, and for 300 Sq Meters you might charge £42.50, As you can see the larger the job the lower the Unit Rate becomes, up to a certain point and them levels off.

      This applies to just about all every type of job, Small jobs are less efficient to work and cost more to do, especially when you add in the Drive Time Effect.

      Drive Time Effect has a huge effect on the cost of the job if the ratio between the Drive Time and the On the Job time is high. The larger the Drive Time and the smaller the job the higher the cost of doing the job becomes. If the Drive Time is very small and the job is large, then the Drive Time has the least effect on the cost of the job.

      If you are able to give a quote for the job rather than per hour, you will find that you can obtain work at a very much higher rate, because you are charging people for work that they don't want to do themselves and are willing to pay a lot more than your hourly rate.


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    Back to the OP. It's too cheap. Hedge cutting is hard work. I really know about it after a few days in a row.  Hedgecutters,Long reach/combi, Loppers, secateurs etc. all need maintenance and sharpening. Arb ladders are expensive and have to be loaded, secured, transported.

    I give a price based on how long it will take me and how much I want the work. I price per job and try not to say how long it will take. By the time the customer has seen the professional equipment used and then seen the finished job, they don't normally comment on the price.

    You must remember they have either spent precious weekends perched shakily on steps attempting the hedge, (with non pro gear), or they have paid someone else the rate.

    For what its worth I normally try and get £200+ a day for myself as minimum but find smaller hedges pay well as you can trim them pretty quickly and be away in a couple of hours, often invoicing £80 upwards. The crucial thing is to do it well and you will nearly always be called back next time.

    Hope this is helpful.

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