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Summer Jobs - May 7th 2009, 02:15 AM

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I applied at a local grocery store for a job, but I was thinking that if that fell through, I could start my own little business.

I kind of want to mow lawns over the summer for some money, but I don't know how much to charge. Obviously, each lawn is a different size so I can't necessarily charge a flat rate. Does anyone have any idea what I could charge per lawn? Should I include any other services with the lawn-mowing? Any other ideas for summer jobs?

I was also thinking with my truck during other seasons, I could offer other services, like raking leaves and snow removal.

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Re: Summer Jobs - May 7th 2009, 02:34 AM

Hmm, how about $15 per yard or something around there?




   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 7th 2009, 03:45 PM

^ That's pretty steep to be honest.
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 8th 2009, 12:23 AM

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^ That's pretty steep to be honest.
Some of the landscapers charge $20-$25 for a simple lawn mowing.

I think I will base it on the size of the lawn.
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 8th 2009, 12:38 AM

Dont charge $15 or something per garden.

Do it say... few dollars for each square meter (dont tell them that) then estimate how many square meters they have of grass, then estimate the price!
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 8th 2009, 02:15 AM

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Dont charge $15 or something per garden.

Do it say... few dollars for each square meter (dont tell them that) then estimate how many square meters they have of grass, then estimate the price!
I think around here, we pay the guy about $20 for our 2 acres. He uses our gas, our riding lawn mower, and also has access to some of the nicer things of the estate (like drinks in the fridge in the shop).

If he does something else (like cleaning out dog pens, feeding them, etc.) then he'll get more than that. He's also allowed to pick all of the blueberries he wants (when they are in season) because we have far, far too many.


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Re: Summer Jobs - May 9th 2009, 08:13 PM

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^ That's pretty steep to be honest.
Eight quid for a lawn mowing doesn't sound so bad. You guys must have pretty small lawns.


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Re: Summer Jobs - May 9th 2009, 09:04 PM

Considering you're 18 and would be using MY lawnmower I wouldn't personally pay you more than £5 an hour. But that is just me.
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 10th 2009, 02:48 AM

I would say twenty for a normal size lawn and then grow the price from there depending on the size. And you could add other amenities if you like, but you would ask the person of the lawn and then add accordingly to the price, like five extra for weeding or ten extra for something else.


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Re: Summer Jobs - May 10th 2009, 02:51 AM

Why don't you have the person suggest a price, then you can up it or accept it?


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Re: Summer Jobs - May 10th 2009, 02:57 AM

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I think around here, we pay the guy about $20 for our 2 acres. He uses our gas, our riding lawn mower, and also has access to some of the nicer things of the estate (like drinks in the fridge in the shop).

If he does something else (like cleaning out dog pens, feeding them, etc.) then he'll get more than that. He's also allowed to pick all of the blueberries he wants (when they are in season) because we have far, far too many.
Hmm, yeah I'd let the customer name a price as Alex said, then up it or accept it.
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 10th 2009, 11:29 AM

Why not pay it bye the hour rather then by the size of the lawn?
Surely, if the grass was longer then it would be more work consequently taking more time?



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Re: Summer Jobs - May 10th 2009, 01:50 PM

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Why not pay it bye the hour rather then by the size of the lawn?
Surely, if the grass was longer then it would be more work consequently taking more time?
But at the same time, I could take an hour mowing a 50x50 lawn, where I could get it done in 25 minutes. =/
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 10th 2009, 02:23 PM

i love how this big discussion has started....about LAWNMOWING.


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Re: Summer Jobs - May 11th 2009, 12:22 AM

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Considering you're 18 and would be using MY lawnmower I wouldn't personally pay you more than £5 an hour. But that is just me.
The thing is, I would be using my own lawn mower. I have both a ride-on and a push-behind. (Yes, from the 1980's. ) What does age have to do with it though?

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It's pretty funny, but it is a legitimate business.
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 11th 2009, 09:47 PM

Because you're 18 and doing this as a summer job. You are not supporting a family. We have different minimum wages here dependant on your age and you get paid according to your age. I would pay someone who was 50 and who had 10 children to feed (ok hyperbole but you get the idea) twice as much. I am however forgetting that $15 does not equal £15, and that the recession is more advanced in the states so money is worth less. £5 is pretty much the minimum hourly pay here, so £15 = 3 hours of work. Mowing one lawn does not equal 3 hours of work so I would not pay you £15. But if you're comfortable ripping people off and they're okay to be ripped off then go for it
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 11th 2009, 10:02 PM

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Because you're 18 and doing this as a summer job. You are not supporting a family. We have different minimum wages here dependant on your age and you get paid according to your age. I would pay someone who was 50 and who had 10 children to feed (ok hyperbole but you get the idea) twice as much. I am however forgetting that $15 does not equal £15, and that the recession is more advanced in the states so money is worth less. £5 is pretty much the minimum hourly pay here, so £15 = 3 hours of work. Mowing one lawn does not equal 3 hours of work so I would not pay you £15. But if you're comfortable ripping people off and they're okay to be ripped off then go for it
Personally I don't think $15 would be too outrageous I mean where I live, minimum wage is just over nine dollars yet most people pay between ten and fifteen. $5 would be a ridiculous amount to pay (ridiculous as in way too little)

Around here, depending on the size of the lawn I would expect people to pay $20 at least (especially when you are using your own equipment and doing both back and front lawns). I agree you should (if you want) add other duties that you could do for people such as weeding, watering flowers, etc etc. And for sure in the fall throw in raking leaves and in the winter go for shoveling snow. Pick up all those tasks that no one (or almost no one) likes to do. Good luck!
   
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Re: Summer Jobs - May 11th 2009, 10:19 PM

I wouldn't pay more than $10-15 for someone to mow my land. That's around £7-10. Now if I had a large yard, a few acres, maybe $20, which is about £13, but only if it's a rather large yard. I probably would not pay £15 for it though. It'd be cheaper to mow it myself.


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Re: Summer Jobs - May 12th 2009, 09:32 PM

^ Thank you!! I have confirmed my head now that the differences is due to you being the US and me being in the UK. The prices suggested by US people sound just rediculous to me -- and it seems other people from the UK. Intriguing!
   
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