I just landed a 3 acre Church lot and its almost a $30,000 contract for the year. Heres a breakdown of the pricing. There are about 3 acres to mow and somewhere around 2000 total feet of sidewalk to edge. There is also 1500 total feet of beds to trim and edge. Mowing will be done at the price of $550.00 per week. Of course that includes trimming, edging and blowing. A 5 step fert/wc program will cost them $495.00 per application. Maintaing the beds and trimming the bushes 3 times a year at $540.00 per visit. A total of 55 yards of mulch will be bought and installed at $5400.00 Snow removal will be done at $600.00 for 1-5 inches and a 15% increase for every 2 inches after that. Straight salt will be applied at $375.00 per application. Im sure most of you are going to call me out on this and accuse me of lying. IM NOT. My point of sharing this is to tell all you guys who are cutting at $25.00 per acre that you can move elsewhere and make 2 or 3 or 4 or 5X that amount. Im a solo operator and this is 1/2 days work for me. They took my bid which was $78 per cut more then the company that was doing it last year and accepted it. My point is you guys dont have to work for peanuts. Make people pay you what you are worth! If you come across as hillbillies then you will get treated like one. We are all business owners. Obviously we are all smart enough to strike out on our own and take a chance! Make these people respect us just like they repsect every other "white collar" business owner.