Here's another one for all to ponder on...... When performing an estimate for a prospective client, how do all of you come up with your $$$ amount? DO you figure out the square footage then multiply it by an XYZ number then add in additional charged for hills, more than average trees and so on..? Or, do you look at the property and figure it will take you 1 hour do do and multiply that by your set hourly rate? As I have been studying this business for a few years now (on and off) I came up with my own formula for this question...see if this sounds ok... SQUARE FOOTAGE OF LAWN TO BE MOWED X 1.5% (don't ask how I came up with 1.5%, but it is a breakdown of my hourly rate/ overhead/ wear & tear on equipment and so on..) Here's how it would work: Property lawn area of 50' by 40' yields 2000 square feet of servicing area multiply by 1.5% = $30.00 Let me know what you think about this way of estimating...thanks!