I thought that some of you pros would get a kick out of this story. My son is 10 years old, and has started mowing lawns in the neighborhood this year to earn some extra money. He now has 6 lawns. He has been mowing with me on our rental properties for quite a while, and is a very hard worker. Anyway, there is a big corner lot at the end of our street that has not been maintained very well this year. There was a teenager mowing it, and he did a horrible job. My son decided that he wanted this lawn and went to talk to the old lady that lives there. The exchange between the two reall made me laugh. He introduces himself and tells the lady that he has noticed that her lawn guy does not do a very good job, and that he would like to give it a shot. She agrees and asks how much he would charge. He said $30 a week, including trimming and edging. At this point she was kinda shocked and said that she was only paying $20 a week now. He just responded "you get what you pay for, it's a bargain at $30". He refered her to other lawns in the neighborhood as proof of his work. She finally agreed to let him do it. The lady was even more shocked when she came outside to see this kid blazing around here yard on a big ZTR. In total, it took about 30 minutes for him to mow, edge, trim and blow. (The old guy took at least 2 hours) The kid does top quality work. His plans are to expand outside the neighborhood after he turns 16, and wants to have a bigtime LCO after college.