1st yr of mowing, I had a 21" craftsman, a weedeater blower (chpst there is) and a sthil fs 45.. I had passed out flyers the first of spring and got aprox 13 - 18 customers.. I wanted to build it more and do it for a full time job during the summer. About a month after I passed out the flyers (and acquired my 13or so custmr's) the rif raf began to call (based on flyers I had passed out 3-4 wks b4)... wanting me to mow,,, when i went by their homes to mow, the grass was outta control.. I was stuck on charging $25/mow.. thats what I was chrging almost all my customers.. I thought I would mow them and suffer through it and I would get them for the season. One that comes to mind is on the other side of my town. This neighborhood has the nicer homes ranging from $165k to $250k.. this yard was twice as big as the $25lawns i usually did...but stuck on chrging 25 (ever bit of a 40$lawn when mowed as needed) A month into the mowing season and the grass had not been cut, still i stuck with it thinking i would get them for the season (ever bit of a $60-$75 job) couldnt mow 5ft without the mower getting bogged down and dieing... mowed the whole lawn by push 1ft raise, push 1ft raise/dump ... after i was done, i went to the door (thinking i would explain that I should mow in 5 days again to mulch it up more, then maybe goin to reg schedule) before I could say anything she handed me the 25$ and said, "Well, if I could afford ya, I'd keep ya for the season". A month later, another message on my answering machine asking me to come and mow. Another one I went to was a corner lot.. alot more to mow... I had wised up a little, and explained to her that I was charging $25 for most of my lawns and that she had twice the lawn most have.. but I gave her a reasonable price ($35, it was a $45lawn).. She said that a neighbor had complained about the lawn and she had a notice from the city to get it cut. She had just moved in a few months earlier, and you could tell the previous homeowners had taken good care of the lawn (thick, fertilized).. once again Im doin a $75 job for regular price.. She told me, she wanted me for the full season and I was happy with that(I explained to her that anyone else would charge her over $50 to do it and the city charged $75hr/appox. 2hr charge, plus from what I hear, an administratin fee .. I figured out that I had to bag lawns when they got this bad, and I told her that it would be alot of work and that its impossible to get rid of grass clippings but i would do it.... worked my a$$ off for over 4 hrs bagging that lawn. I didnt have a truck, I had a 93 tbird that I put the mower, wdeater, blower in the trunk... I was able to fit 3-4 bags of grass in the passenger side, my back seats stuffed to the ceiling.. and as many bags in the trunk along w/equip i could fit... I had my seat full front with my nose in the windshield to drive.. As I was finishing up the lawn, I noticed a man (about 26y.o. or so) on the front porch talking to her.. both glaring over at me watching me work.. when I finished the job and went to collect she explained to me that it was her nephew and that he'd be doin the job from now on. The look I was getting from them was a look that I must be crazy to charge $35/mow..