I am starting this thread in hopes that others more quailified persons than myself will jump in and help explain how the true cost of business is determined. Often I see post that start with my cost for this job is x amonut of $$$ and how much should I mark this up for my profit. The cost given is usually just the cost of materials and wages for the operator or the laborers doing the job. Some people just dont realize that after they complete the job and get paid that they worked for nothing. They made $50 on a job and then stop on the way home and put $25 worth of gas in the truck. Run over a nail and have to buy a new tire. Time to change the oil in the mower or equipment they used on the job. Payment is due on that same mower. Hidden cost? Nope, just not reconized as a cost of doing business. These expenses can be figured into each and every job and should be in order to make a true profit. How about a little help here explaing the overhead that every business owner has and how this overhead is figured into a pricing structure that will insure the business owner makes a profit on every job he takes on.