Hi all love this site and been a reader for a while but thought its time i get involved .
I'm starting to get a lot of pricing up jobs 30+ miles away from where i usually work. Whats the best way to price this up? £per mile? whats the going rate ? Its going to be a regular maintenance job if i was to get it.
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thats a 60 mile round trip? Think carefuly about thge lost driving time and perhaps pass the job over? I would be reluctant to drive that far for a maintenance job - unless it was a whole days work per visit.
I would also pass it on unless you were really struggling for work.
Not struggling for work but would like to branch out but there is no guarantees i can pick up a few more jobs to make it worthwhile. I think i'm trying to talk myself into it knowing in my heart i should pass it on.
Personally, I would pass it by. We took on a similar job 3 years ago and ended up having to give it up last year because we couldn't make it pay. We knew it was a mistake at the time but it was a 'friend of a friend'.
Take the "motoring" costs from your annual accounts, including depreciation, fuel, insurance, tax, servicing, fluffy dice, everything. Divide it by your mileage over the year. That's the cost to drive every mile, and is usually a bit scary. Mines a little over 50p per mile, so doing a 60 mile round-trip would cost me over £30 before I earned anything.
One other thing with travelling for maintenance work is that any recommendations are likely to be local to the job, so you might end up with loads of work a long way from home. Fine if there's a reason, for instance I travel 15 miles regularly for a full day in an area that pays more than I get locally, but worth thinking about.
Thanks some great comments and gives me a lot to think about.
Gaz, if you enjoy a drive out and deep in your heart you fancy giving it a go then just give it a try. you can always pass the job on to another gardener in the future if you have to let it go. I would be getting out of bed an hour earlier that day if i were you and doing the drive in non working hours. Its only the fuel and extra wear and tear on the van that will increase in cost as the other costs will still be there anyway more or less.
My furthest job is 50 miles for a full days work and i like the way it gives me a change of scenery once a fortnight. After all if you are in this game purely for the money then its probably not the right game to be in.
I tuck the risk and went to see the two jobs today both 30miles each way! First job was a really lovely couple very friendly. The job its self was a very overgrown garden they just never have the time to maintain the garden and keep it looking nice. i put my price in for a 3 day visit to get the garden right then a price for a monthly visit. They was over the moon with the price and gave me the job.
Second Job well what a mess ....
Set off and pulled over to double check someone would be there. YES he said...
Get there nocked on door, no answer... Phoned him " JUST HAVE A LOOK AND GIVE ME A PRICE AND I'LL COME AND MEET YOU I'M ONLY UP ROAD "
walked round rang a few places priced it up rang him ... NO ANSWER 3 times i tried to call him.
couldn't waste anymore of my day so i left to get on with real work. 8:30 and i've just finished , time waster...