If you’re like a lot of landscape business owners you might decide how much to charge for labor simply by using gut instinct. You might have asked around and have a sense of what most companies in the area pay their laborers and you aim to pay your people somewhere in that same vicinity.
Then, after factoring in what you think your overhead recovery will be, you determine a price. Or maybe you take an even less systematic approach and simply take what you pay your laborers and double it.
But when it comes to something as important as your profitability, neither of these approaches are ideal. At the end of the day, you’re shooting in the dark. If you can’t immediately answer the more important question “Will this job be profitable?”, then there is a cause for concern.