Up to this point I have been bidding lawns based on an hourly rate but want to switch to a square footage system to be more consistant. I have noticed from previous posts that Lazer and some other guys use a stop fee of say $20.00 and than so much per 1000 square feet. What I would like to do and I would appreciate your feedback, is use strictly a square footage rate and take out the stop fee. I know the sq ft. rate would have to be higher than the above system so that you would make money. The problem I have is that when I measured some of my yards the other day I had a 32,000 sq ft. yard that I use a rider on that takes as long as a 5,000 sq ft. yard that I have to push mow (because it's a small yard and small)but they both pay the same amount. Should I charge more per sq ft. when push mowing or use the hourly rate? Also this 32,000 sq ft. yard is mostly open so I can mow it quicker than say a yard the same size with more obsticles. Thinking maybe there should be different rates per sq ft. for difficulty in mowing?