Ok first, I was one of those people who did the odd quick job when I needed cash. I focused on bad lawns - people who obviously did not give a rat about their lawn and wanted it cut to a nub once every month or so. Did a few of these jobs the past year. So, in need of cash (desperate) I decided to throw a little more weight into the job and see what I could turn up. Made 600.00 in 2 weeks or about 30 hours of work doing odd jobs (mowing, leaf removal, laying out a garden etc.) Comes out to about 20.00 an hour. I read that to be successful one needs to make @60.00 and hour or a dollar a minute. Now I know why. My lawn mower needs a new filter, spark plug blade and a little more tender loving care, my blower is not strong enough to blow efficiently and my weed eater cord keeps catching (I think that's my fault). Here are my problems. 1. I am cash shy - really shy. 2. I can only work weekends since my evenings are rapidly disapearing. 3. I am constantly underestimating the time a lawn will take 4. when i ask for more than an average of say .45 a minute i get laughed at essentially (arkansas people mow really cheap here). I estimate and say oh 35.00 for this lawn thinking it will take an hour at best but ends up at 2 hours. Everyone wants leaf removal gratis. 5. I bag????? have a bagger on the mower - good for leaf removal. So here are some questions. 1. If I am not doing leaf removal, should I bag or just discharge? If I bag, should I charge extra? 2. Should I charge by the bag on leaf removal or by the hour or job? Its really hard to tell how many leaves are on the ground and how long a job will take. 3. What kind of blade should I get to optimize? I have a mulching blade. 4. Should I ugrade my equipment? I have a 625 seriescraftsman 21", cheap blower and decent weed eater. 5. As for the actual job. Do you trim first, mow first? really lost. are any of the books (offered here or on the web) any good for beginners.