There's been a few; plus there will be more (i'm almost positive) posts about leaf cleanups. I just feel like tryin to be helpful/share my thoughts on this. How much to charge? totally dependent on your area for starters. around here most LCO's are working around $30-40/hr for basic blow and go leaving them onsite/in the woods. i try to get more though. why would i work for $50-75/hr all season mowing and then give them a discount on leaves?! Either flat rate it (estimate your time) or charge via the hour. Personally i don't like using hourly rates, i find that many homeowners don't like to see a 20 year old "kid" (in their eyes) make $30-75/hr. What they don't realize is they've been paying that rate all season for my mowing. How do i estimate time? go out there and do a few! i just got a new blower this season (echo bp 750t) and i wasn't sure on how much it was going to speed things up. Now since i bought a nice expensive/productive blower i do not want to pass my improved time savings onto my customer by charging by the hour. Why should my increased productivity be passed on to them? Example: this weekend i saw my neighbor struggling with a 30cc handheld blower. i walked over and asked him if i could help him out with his leaves, FOR FREE! he looked at me like i was crazy, but i explained that I saw it as an investment for my company. By improving my estimating skills i can potentially make a lot more money by charging by the job. I walked the property (1 acre), estimated i would be there 3 hours. I fired up the blower and got to work. 2 hours later i had finished it it. while he was still working in the front yard on the same pile. he had resorted to tarping it by now. Until this season i didn't take leaf cleanup seriously, and i was mal-equiped with a Sears hand held blower and a generic 8hp push blower i got from home depot a few years ago. This year i bought an Echo BP 750T and i have cut my cleanup time down exponentially. With my new tool i can now justify charging a good rate, but i don't want to let the homeowner know how little time it will take me to do their lawn. Picture this the owner has 3/4 acre of lawn, leaves over most of it. they look out there and see themselves doing it and the job taking an entire day of tough labor using a rake and tarp or even a small gas/electric blower. I know i can do those leaves in 1.5hr or less. Now, ask yourself, what is their saturday worth? $25? $50? $100? $150? MORE?! If you're charing via the hour, be ready for someone to be standing there with a stopwatch and stopping/starting it everytime you take a breather. However if you're charging by the job, you can sit down or you can hustle your --- off and move on to the next property.