"You think people shouldn’t be taken in by my ‘big shiny pickup truck’. Do you think that’s the case with my clients? After 37 years of being in the trade and 32 years of being in business for myself.
Some of my clients have been with me for 32…"
"I am certainly not criticizing people who work for less and I would never look down on the paper boy earning a little extra by mowing an old ladies lawn. Good luck to the lad. But, this is a forum for professional gardeners, not paper boys or the…"
"My overheads and expenses are too high, if I could reduce them I would have more money in my pocket, which would effectively be a pay rise without increasing my rates to the customers.
However price increases such as the the increase in fuel prices…"
"There certainly are regional differences Will , Here districts within the same region but quantum leaps in terms of wealth but differing values when it comes to gardeners often suprising outcomes .
It's a non stop learning curve this job .
"Agreed John, it's a personal contract between yourself and the client, there's plenty of work out there for people who do good job. There's going to be regional variations on price as well and I don't know where others who've commented live but here…"
"The advertisement offering gardening services at the lower rate for me is more of an observation than a critcism .
Its possibly a new start up feeling their way , The realisation soon sets in that this is hard and demanding work and anyone serious…"
"Hi Vic, I think a lot of what you say is right and my mindset is probably a product my many years working for agricultural rates as school leaver, £3 an hour, back in the dark ages. so £20 an hour feels like a small fortune to me now. It's food for…"
"To be fair Will, I think that it’s often the case that some can talk themselves into believing that they can’t charge more than a certain amount. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Once the clients are educated to think that you are a cheap…"
"I totally agree with you on that, there's no room for untrustworthy cowboys. I'm not sure where I fit in though because of my thirty or so customers, 80% are pensioners and the rest young professionals and one the owner of an industrial estate I…"
"Listen I'm not condemning people who charge higher rates it just wouldn't work for me in my experience, and I've also been doing this for over thirty years so do have some experience myself. The £20 per hour was perhaps a bit misleading as it…"
"It's not only about the rate. For private clients, a smart appearance, a signed van and attention to punctuality and reliability is of prime importance. Many of my clients are in the older age bracket and they hold a lot of store by being able to…"
"It had already crossed my mind that most of us in this post are all charging the proper commercial rates. Yet there have been threads where the idea of £60p/h for grass cutting was thought by a few to be ridiculously high.
On that thread there was…"
"My problem is, if I start to put my rates up, I run the risk of being undercut by deckswab joe's who will undercut proffessional gardeners, especially as we are constantly told that inflation is rising and people ill cut back on expenditure etc...…"