First of all I. just would like to say hi to all. I am in my second yr. and not doing too bad, in large part because of some of the discussions on this site. Just had a quick question and was looking for some feedback. I don't really approach neighbors for biz, I do my yard and my truck with a sign is parked out front while I'm at my full time job - that's about it. However, a new neighbor recently had another LCO mowing her yard and another a few houses down brought in a different one to mow the yard for a house he has been trying to sell. I might have dropped the ball on new lady, but the house for sale guy has not been around in quite some time. I was bothered by the new lady because I felt like if she was interested in me she would have got the number off my truck. Turns out the guy who does her yard also mows a dentist office down the street. I tend to believe that she already knew this guy or a mutual friend put her in contact with him, neither his 20' enclosed trailer nor his truck have any numbers/name on them. I never spoke to the lady when she moved in because a guy was there at first and I just assumed he would be doing it. Plus after I figured out who actually lived there I didn't want to walk across the street now that I knew there was the chance for biz over there. Nobody on the street is too neighborly. Long story short, the LCO cut it twice and today she cut it on her own. So I might not have missed out on a long term customer. Second scenario I got a call from a recently widowed female who lives down a street that deadends into my house. She wanted an estimate and she told me that she would be getting at least one more. I quoted her for $35 - her back yard alone was 6500+ sq. ft., but I didn't want yet another LCO in my backyard. I didn't hear anything back so I called her. She said that one guy told her $50 and "some guy who must be new" (her words) told her $25. I would've re-negotiated down to $30, but for $25 I'd watch the other guy do it. I normally would've said $40 or so but I tried to stay a little low because I don't have any windshield time involved with her yard, plus she wanted to contract for the season. For consolation, she said that I was very fair and $35 was what she was looking for, but now facing life on a single income $25 was the way to go. She also said if she was displeased with the guy's work she would call me. I told her that I could respect that and good luck. I know everyone on here stresses "keep your prices up or right" but I feel like you gotta be reasonable for you neighbors. After all there isn't a lot of travel time involved. Plus in the end you don't have to deal with a bunch of LCOs working right under your nose.