I've been thinking about all the lowballer talk on this site. I really bought into the mentality to charge higher prices than what I would normally have charged. Here are some questions I'll throw out to people: 1.) Once you have bought mowers, they are considered fixed costs. Fixed costs will not change with cutting more, and even worse if you are not working your fixed costs aren't making as much as they could. The only thing changing is variable costs such as fuel, blade sharpening, etc.., which are nominal in terms of running a mower an extra 5-10 hours per week during the season. Is it better to have assets sitting on a trailer making no money or working at a smaller profit margin when starting out? 2.) If you are starting out, doesn't it make sense to charge less because you have less experience. Shouldn't it be the responisibility to the more senior companies to SELL their experience and not the new operation to try to BS people into believing they are experts. I might have some more to add the more I think about this, but this came in response to some recent bids I submitted with a PM company. Total amount of work was $33,000 on my bids. This was for 6 properties varying in size from .25 - 2 acre total lot size and included mulch, mowing, bed edging, spring cleanups, and bed maintenance. I could be over anaylyzing this, but I haven't heard back from them yet and I'm a littled bummed out. To me, this 33k would have more than doubled my gross from last year, as I am part time trying to go full time. I, by no means, want to be looked at as the go to guy for cheap service, but I think higher prices can also be charged with proven services. I guess basically the main question here is, for someone who is starting out without a full schedule, why would you choose to sit on the couch rather than making a slightly less than optimal profit margin? These were just some thoughts I had. Not looking to start an argument or anything just kind of thinking out loud.