If your starting out and currently unemployed, anything is better than the Dole or Nothing.
A charge out rate of $30 a hour, takes home $24.00 that the minimum wage and is a place to start for some.
Low Expenses is the key, 20% expenses. A charge out rate of $30 a hour, takes home $24.00 before income tax
At $30 per Hour, once the word is out and you are reliable and can do a average job you will get referals and very quickly regular customers. You will pick up half and full days work gardening.
Keep you round withing a few kilometre.
You only need 21 hours a week to be taking home $500 after business expenses, less $35.00 income tax and Medicare levy gives you $465
You dont need flash gear to start. home owner works for a while.
Dont be fooled by the high rates pushed by others, most of the long term guys started out charging the minimum. Business with employee's cant compete with these rates. Extablished business push the higher rates on the industry because there think there business is hurt by small operations charging less. Its there Expenses that are the biggest factor in there profit not competators.
Its not your concern if others have high expenses and cant make money out of your hourly rate.
You will get a higher rate in time once you have your bread and butter customers and can increase the rate.
I have total respect for the guys out there working on the minimum rate just to make money and not bluge on the system.
Your not a lowballer or beer bob, your a business operator in the Lawn & Garden Industry