If you make a $240 bid, per week, I wager you will not
get it. $40 per hour is low, if you factor in only $17.50 hour for a helper. The two of you, that's $57.50 per hour, $28.75 per man hour is low
. What if it was a 3 man crew? That's only $65 per hour, $21.67 per man hour. All of the sudden a big crew brings that down to $17.50. That's not
profitable. How about $35 per man hour? A two man crew is $70. A three man crew is $105. It does not matter what you pay them, everyone gets the same billing rate. What you pay them deducted from your hourly rate is the profit. I can't pay someone $12 per hour and then only bill $17.50 per hour.
I stick to my 3 hour estimate. It really isn't much work with a commercial vacuum of a semi large size. I'm liking this 16" machine
even more, partly because I prefer dirt cups to bags for economy and convenience.
If it my bid, it would be around $105. If it was less than 5 miles away, I would not charge for mileage. Anything over 5, I'd charge 55.5¢ per mile, the IRS rate for 2011.