This is officially my first post- I'v been quietly reading what others have to say for a while now. This will be my first season doing lawns. Up until now my business has been snow plowing on large commercial properties only. I have been avoiding getting lawn contracts in the past due to my previous involvement in a family business during the summer months. Well, I'm done with the family business and plan to get into lawns this season. I am trying to avoid residential and am targeting commercial. I am currently working on bidding 25 bank branches. They are all seasonal contracts that they want cut every week - whether they need it or not. I don't know what my costs are due to the fact that this is new for me so I can't bid them based on my costs. I will know real quick after the season gets rolling but that won't help me now. What I need to know is what should a legit. lawn business charge per man hour to come up with a price. I don't want to charge scrub prices- however I have nothing else lined up yet and these bank branches would be enough to get me started in the biz. I don't want to over bid these. When I have enough biz, then I can be a little more risky with my bids, but at this point I'm trying to get started. BTW, I'm located in upstate NY and any help would be appreciated. Thanks.