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Landscape Designer Fees competitve??

Posted by Hand2 TX (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 14, 12 at 23:22

I have been a successful Landscape Designer (not LA) in Houston for the past six years. I currently work primarily in the residential arena providing contract services for local full service landscape companies. I charge a flat fee for landscape designs direct to the client and an hourly fee+ mileage for estimating, site visits, troubleshooting, availability research, etc. to the landscape company I contract with. I sold over $100,000 in landscape installations for one client last year alone.
Does anyone know what an appropriate hourly rate would be for someone with my skill set? I am re-evaluating what direction to go in and how I can best capitalize on my career.


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RE: Landscape Designer Fees competitve??

This is the type of question that will vary enormously from region to region....indeed, even from city to city.


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RE: Landscape Designer Fees competitve??

^^^ as rhizo said, this is totally region dependent. I went full time after getting laid off in '08 so I couldn't even really go by what was standard for the area because those folks weren't working either. So, I used a freelance rate calculator (see the link below) to set my floor. Honestly, I should probably go back and redo it now that I've been in business for four years and have a better idea of my billable/non-billable split (hint: it's never as good as you hope).

Doing it this way, you may be above or below the market rate but at least you know you're covering your costs. If that prices you too high you know you need to reconsider some things, because your biz better cover costs. If you're low, you can start bumping your rates up. I've bumped my rates up by $30/hr since I started and realistically - given how efficient I've become - I need to bump again.

Here is a link that might be useful: Freelance Rate Calculator


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