can't help but notice that there are a lot of questions about what to charge for your time. I can give you an example of what my cost are and you can go from there. I run a four man crew including myself. I pay my men $10.00 an hour,state and fed. unemployment cost,fica,medicare and workman comp cost 26.34% bringing cost to $12.63. Then add lia. ins.at $.75 bringing total to $13.38. We use 62" Toro ZTRs which I figure the cost and main. at $8.00 per hour,trans portation at $1.25, depreciation at .84 and non productive time at $2.97( I figure we have a 20% down time between jobs etc.). Now add advertizing at .47, rent and utilities at $1.42 and fuel at $2.00. This gives me a total of a little over $30.00 an hour.This is close but not all. I charge $45.00 an hour and figure a season at 4,800 hours for a total gross income of $216,000.00. Don't sound to bad except that my share, using these figures, comes to about $70,000.00. Except it never actually comes to that, more like aroud $60,000.00 then taxes and I wind up with about $53,000.00. Boy we are getting rich, I wish. So if you think this is a get rich quick deal then you are wrong , it is a decent living ,controling your own life in an enjoyable atmosphere. If you are charging less than around $45.00 per man hour then you are hurting yourself and everyone else in the business. Sorry for running on so long but people need to know that this is a business and needs to be run like one and pay taxes like one.