Im sure this has been discussed at length somewhere on here but I want to ask myself. As I have mentioned elsewhere I am trying to keep my overhead low to maximize profit. But as always no matter how I try overhead keeps going up, and it may go way way up soon for me as I turn my loader into a legit business operation. That however all depends upon how much revenue I take in, in the next year or so. Say what you want, Ive heard it all from the grass guys already. Anyway I have a Bobcat 453 and I have been trying to establish an acceptable hourly rate for my machine. Last year my going rate was $40/hr metered and $15/hr 'standby' time. However this is changable since all my work last year was for good friends of mine and my family. So therefore this can be considered my 'good buddy' rate. I have heard some people say that I can get upwards of $65-70/hr. regardless. While Im sure this maybe true for full size skid steers, mine is rather small and not as capable as a full size machine. I can do a great variety of work with it though. I would like to be able to charge more but I am squeemish about scaring off work because of people thinking my rates are too high. I just want to be able to make an honest profit without scaring people away? Do you think that I could make $50/hr reguardless of wheather Im running my equipment every minute Im on a job? Is even this too low? I am a small operation but I have big plans for the future and need to find more higher paying work than I have been. I realize that this is kind of the question of the eternal struggle, but does anyone have any advice?