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#12569 08/23/02 07:36 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
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It is funny you mentioned that, A long time ago, (7-9 years) I was working for the new car dealer who sold me my truck. I bought a truck from him for over $12,000. (Actually I bought 3 trucks over several years.) Anyway I was working for him and when he asked me how much something would cost, I think I was charging about $50 per hour for 1 man. When I told him that he said,"Take it easy on me." To which I replied, "Why, you charge me $60 per hour to fix my truck, yet I bring MY SHOP to your door." You know, Ya gotta love it!


#12570 08/24/02 01:38 AM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 118
Would appear a worldwide trend, We charge between $30 and $40 per hour for quoted work and $45 per hour for smaller jobs. Our local mechanic charges $60 per hour. Thats New Zealand money, as i call it the "Pacific Peso"

#12571 08/24/02 05:44 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
For the benefit of those not used to all these different currencies, the NZ dollar is about U.S. 50 cents. [Linked Image]

I just heard that the local garage here is now charging £40 (U.S. $60) per hour.

#12572 08/24/02 01:34 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 127
"We ain't getting rich, but still trying to build up a clientel for the future."
"First day she drives that truck Ole Joe is a full time EC from then on."

If you keep charging so much lower than the competition for another two years you won't have a clientel worth pursuing full time. Do you realize that if you operate legally you are working for less per hour than your "real job"? If you have to compete with the types of contractors you described maybe you should find another type of business or stick with your night job, unless you can find people who are willing to pay for quality and pay a man what he needs to survive operating legally and ethically. Pursue small industrial businesses that realize they need an electrical service that is making enough to stay in business.

(I am not trying to flame you. Would have sent this to your e-mail address, but it was not listed in your profile.)

Gerald Powell

#12573 08/24/02 02:27 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,392
True Gerald,
to add, one really needs be in the 'ballpark' lest you favor the tirekickers and abusers

it is more than just the $$$ of health care insurance, it is not being able to write it off as a small biz.
And having BigBro here breath down our necks as a bigger biz with employees.

This has been fiercly lobbied here.

#12574 08/24/02 09:08 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,291
OK. We shouldn't fight amongst ourselves.
$65hr. Anybody that gets sent out. Time starts when they leave the shop, and ends when they return (portal/portal)

#12575 08/24/02 09:50 PM
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 141
In Mexico the minimum wage for an electrician is about $6.50 a day.
About 2 months ago a friend showed me a bid he got to wire his house: $125/hr each for 2 workers. Didn't say if they were journeymen.
He hired them because his general said they were dependable.
Bob in Seattle

#12576 08/25/02 07:25 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
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And having BigBro here breath down our necks as a bigger biz with employees.
I know plenty of one-man shows in England (myself included) who just wouldn't take on an employee. Too much hassle, form-filling, employees rights, Health & Safety Executive's ridiculous rules, social security payments, and so on.

#12577 08/25/02 06:58 PM
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 74
I use to get my wife to call around and get service quotes; so be weary when Becky calls.
I guess it all depends were you live and your overhead. I've always thought that if you are solo with one helper, you are worth more than a hired crew. It kind of makes up for overhead. Anyway I charge $55 for me, and $70 for me and a helper. I've found out that is a little low around here, and the cost of living is normal or below.

#12578 08/26/02 05:31 AM
Joined: Mar 2001
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Suburban Phila., PA

$75.00 1st hr. $48.00/hr. afterward.
It is lower then most.

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