I know you've heard it a BILLION times, but lowballers make it real hard on us legit guys. I recently went to meet with a potential customer...he needed all leaves blown to his curb for city pickup, on a 1/2 acre lot. This would have been the FIRST clearing of the season, and the trees were abundant!! Also the foundation and garden beds were full of leaves. He needed 15-20 bushes trimmed and shaped--because it had been a year or so. He also had 2 small sapplings he wanted down and needed the monkey grass trimmed all around the house. Im solo...so I would do this job myself. I quoted somewhere in the $400 range...and the guy FREAKED OUT!!! Said he had a guy that would do it for $100. I told him to call that guy...because it's a joke to think I would do a job like that for 100...with taxes and insurance and equipment...and OH...maybe I'd like to feed my family in the process! This guy totally looked at me like I was OUT OF MY MIND to even consider charging that. And it just pissed me off, because what do these people think??? That we do this for a little extra cash?? Then I realized, it's really the fault of the guy that would spend all day out there for 100 bucks! What a damn joke! Not only was I mad to have this guy wate my time...I was truely insulted...and I think he knew it.