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question on contracts and rates in SE MI

Posted by juliana63 z5 MI (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 9, 06 at 8:13

After volunteering maintenance and advice at our library for a number of years, the board now wants to hire me for larger projects, including shrub renovation, bed design and installation, and continuing maintenance.

I would love to do this, but I don't have an inkling as to how to charge or detail the terms of a contract. I have 20yrs experience and lots of self-education in horticulture, so I'm certainly worth more than minimum wage labor, but I don't want to over-charge either.

Hope someone can help!

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RE: question on contracts and rates in SE MI

In my neck of the woods, landscape labor (unskilled) is billed out at $35-45 per man hour. Landscape design services at $50-$90 per hour. If you run your income thru a legitimate business you pay about a third of your income in taxes, etc. You've probably spoiled them by "volunteering" for so many years so they may have a hard time adjusting to paying you. You might want to call around to some reputable landscape companies and generally ask their rates for the types of things you'll be doing so you'll have some ammunition to defend your fees. Good Luck!

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