My partner and I are gearing up to start our business this (2005) season. We're planning on doing a mix of commercial and residential. Our goal is to be full-time ASAP - not sure if it will happen or not, but we sure are motivated! We plan on bidding several apartment complexes is January (season is March-December), and were wondering on the average time an apartment will take to consider a bid? In other words, if we submit our bids mid-January, when is a reasonable time for us to know if we have the account? Also, it seems that we're most likely to land accounts if we bid a bunch of them, but we can only do so many in a week (no employees, just us). Is it considered "bad form" if we bid more than we're able to do, and then retract the bids that are still up in the air if we actually land enough of the accounts to fill up our week? Or do apartments generally not care and will just go to the lowest bidder? This site has been really helpful, and it seems we're on the right track so far, but any advice from those of you who have been there, done that would be great. Thanks.