Ok, so the $30 lawns you inherited the other experienced guy was doing for over a $1 a min. ( 3 of these at $30 =$90 and you take an hr)
So they were not $30 an hr lawns and there not now. What year was this by the way? You sound like your comparing wages from ten years ago and charging the same amount today.
No the other experieiced guy was taking about 50 min for these $30 jobs. He was very slow trimminng , caught all the grass which he double handled and really didnt have a patern to his work.
Yes they were $30 a hour lawns when i started it took me way to long. I implimented alot of changes to get that time and effort down. just upped the Revs and sharpened the blades on the honda's enable me to cut twice as fast, he was double cutting clover patches.
Lucky the current Level 1 Casual wage in the Gardening and Landscaping Services industry is $23.51 per hour for a Casual.
Just for the extablished operators this topic was intended for people looking to start out in the industry, not intended as advice for extablished business.
Getting clientis the key to income, with clients you get practice and get better and more clients.
Some operators buy lawn mowing rounds eg: 50k per annum worth the customers for 25K they are basically working for half rate for 12 months and if there goal rate is $60 a hour they are working for $30 a hour. Not everyoe has 25k to buy customers and disounting is a good option to grow fast.
Someone can spend money on clients and effectively work for half rate for 12 months
Another person could just start low and get a base of customers then just increase the rates for the rest, both have business but one invented 25k in customers and the other has discouted.
i know a couple of Lawn Contractors that do lawns and garden maintance for $30 per hour and they are doing fine loving everyday, couldnt be happier, Just doing a bit of work around the place, helping out, they both also work for the local Lions Club for free. Not every contractor is the same.