This was the first year that I really sold fall clean-ups. Usually for the customers that wanted it, I normally just mulched the leaves into the woods nearby or Blew out the heavy areas. But now I have about 35 accounts and since more people were asking about it this year, buying a new Scag Wildcat (with bagger) in August made alot of sense at least for me. The other purchase I made was the biggest Echo BP Blower I could find. Here are a few tidbits of what I learned. Maybe it will help some one else. -I advertised this year which was fine this year, but I had enough to do with my own customers that next year I won't advertise. Although. it was a good way to pick up some plowing customers. 2-Because I work solo, the most I could do in any given day was about three lawns. Enough for me. The last one I did was a day before it snowed, Dec 2nd. 3-I'm getting lights on my machine next year to help lengthen the work day. It seemed there were plenty of times I was chasing the sun at the end of the day! 4-If you think you're charging too much, you're not. 5-The BP Blower I bought was the single best tool I've bought in years. Pound for pound this baby made me more money in a given length of time than anything. The Echo PB-750 http://www.mayberrys.com/echo/blowers/backpack.htm was awesome. I had one lawn that all I had to do was blow the leaves into the woods. Took me 40 minutes and I made 300 bucks! But man, can it drink some gas! 6-If you're going to bag leaves, you have to mulch them first (Gators worked best for me) this cut down the volume by about 40%. I say that becasue I made 40% fewer stops to empty the bagger if I mulched them first. 7-I don't have access to a leaf loader but a quick scan in the paper helped me hook up with a guy that does. He doesn't mow lawns so he made a nice compliment to my service. Usually, I made about 50 bucks on every lawn that just needed a pile of leaves picked up. Sweet! 8-People are nuts. When parking on the street late into dusk, the more lights on you vehicle, the better. I now have hide-away strobes installed (for plowing)so that should help. 9-Oak leaves don't break down as well as others so, charge more for em! 10-All estimates have a 4-5 day expiration. I also am going to put a note on every estimate that I do that basically makes it usless if it rains. Best lawn clean-up. 400 bucks for about an hour. Dumped on site. Worst lawn clean-up. 300 bucks for about 4 hours of work. dumped on site but it was a nightmare. I'm sure I covered equipment costs but I'll never make the mistake of under quoting that lawn again. Oak leaves were a big factor here.