Would lawnsite.com consider a separate locked thread dealing with basic guidelines for individuals entering into the lawn maintenance business. A type of industry guideline manual. Cocerning some of the following aspects: (1)The importance, functions and legal aspects of insurance, licensing and work permits. (2)Hourly or square foot rates for mowing, edging and weed eating. (3)The relation of cost per mowing compared to the frequency of mowings. Such as $50.00 for a weekly one hour mowing or $80.00 for a weekly one hour mowing every two weeks. (4)Double cuts, would this constitute two mowings. $50.00 for the first and $50.00 for the second. (5)And so on and so forth. Auto repair shops and garages all use an industry standard guide line book to set prices on their labor. Shouldnt the lawn maintenance industry attempt to do the same. This is only proper. I have general technical knowledge of mowing from doing it as a teenager and working on golf courses. But i do not know a lot about setting industry standard prices. I would hate to price a job at $50.00 when others in my are getting $75.00 because i dont think i would benefit anyone in my area including the lowballers. I would like to think every one within an hours drive of my town would be attempting to give the same estimates. Ive looked at this board daily since i found it last week. I am spending from three to four hours a night looking through its content. I am definitely going into the business full time next spring with new equipment. Hundreds if not thousands of others are most likely considering the same thing. This is going to happen and there is no other way around it. Even though this is sure to happen there is no need for them to bid low on jobs and making it hard on themselves and everyone else in the industry. If everyone will continue to work hard and raise the standards for this industry then more respect will be commended toward this industry as a whole. A while back i came under scrutiny because i worked on a golf course for under seven bucks an hour. Some lazy a$$ed college educated qu$$r automatically assumed the reason i was on a golf course was because i could do no better. That somehow i had found my place in society as a low classed grunt. Several years ago i was a grounds worker for a school board. Whenever the issue of low wages and pay raises came up some one was always quick to say "Yes but you are classified as unskilled labor". I think a seperate locked thread dedicated to setting industry standard guidelines would be a very smart direction for this board to gravitate towards. In the end it would save everyone a lot of quess work and give the industry a stronger sense of movement in the right direction. Maybe even a seperate website with a simple beginners discussion board would be more proper for accomplishing this. I dont have a lot of money but would be willing to pay a small yearly amount to help accomplish this.