Someone started a thread about moving to FL because of a bad drought year and was asking about pricing in FL. He got the extreme bad of everything FL has to offer. So just for kicks I came up with some numbers. Say you make $1 per minute as has been stated on this site for years now. A 36 week season, 50 hours a week (you and one employee full time and a part time guy in summer), plus 8 snowstorms@20 hours each. You and the 1 employee should bring in about $110,000 each gross and say the part time guy works 20 weeks at 20 hours a week, thats an additional $25,000. So for the summer you are at $245,000. Now say you get 8 snowstorms @ 20 hours worked for you and your employee. I have heard people say they make about 3 times as much for snow. So that would be another $60,000. So your at about $300,000 gross for the year. Now in FL we charge a flat rate for the month. Say you charge $100 a month for everyone. You can do 2 1/2 lawns an hour easy with 2 guys. Lets say you work about 60 hours a week in summer and about 1/2 that in winter (nov-March). By doing 2 1/2 lawns an hour for a 5 day week you can do about 150 lawns a week, each week. So you have 150 customers at $100/month. You are now at $15,000 a month and $180,000 for the year. Now lets say you have the same summer guy to help out doing extra stuff for 20 weeks at 20 hours a week and bill him at $45/hour that brings you to about $200,000 for the year. The northern numbers were just what i perceive from what I hear on here (where some may inflate to boost ego), the FL numbers are easy to reach. I could get $100/month lawns all day long. That is bare minimum for a 10-15 min lawn with grass only. Also take into consideration that supposedly our cost of living and wages are cheaper, so that brings us even closer. I just dont see the big difference. Now there are those who will say "well i make $75...90...120........ an hour" Well if this is fact, then even for those with a small company your looking at an extra $100-200,000 to put away every year. So if yo start young at about 25, by the time you hit 40 you should be to the point of almost being able to retire, yet those guys that are 50+ are still going at it, and most of them have mulitple crews. Am I missing something, or is it just that fun to do?