Having posted a thread on equipment. http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=42748 I have another question. I live in suburban chicago. I just started passing out flyers for my first season on my own. having made it only about 30 or so houses before the rain hit,i headed home. less than 24 hours later i had 2 calls for prices!!!! most houses in the neighborhood are about 1/3 to 1/4 acre, some with some without fences and non really with a lot of obsticales in the way. I quoted $22 for cut trim, edge and got both accounts. I based this on what a guy did for me last year when I went on vacation for a month...he did $25/week for the same. So to get my foot in the door I reduced my price to $22 (i really wanted to charge the $25 but got scared thinking i was going to loose the new customers) Did I underbid? Most houses in my area are around my lot size 75x115 ft with a 1000 sq ft footprint for the house and a 2 car attached garage. My house has a fence, 5 trees, and a good slope at the rear 1/3 of the backyard. What would you bid for a lawn like this? Also how much arse-kissing should i do. both women had "special" requests that i was willing to accomadate. One wanted it bagged on rainy days and the other didn't want service on the occasionial (actually rarely) dry spells were the grass actually dies. How accomadating are most of you to these types of requests?