Okay--the snow pack is now less than a foot, I just passed my professional landscaper certification test in NH, and I'm ready to star soliciting work( I received some loose commitments from people last fall--a lawyer I know promised me "all the work I can handle"). The thing is, I don't have a solid idea just how to price a job. My inclination is to estimate how long it will take, and to charge a flat rate for me and my partner(my fiancee). But how do I charge for things such as mulching shrub beds? Time and materials? How much do I mark up materials such as fertilizer, preemergents, mulch, etc.? I would rather shelve the entire business idea than do work for too little. Any advise from the pros out there would be very welcome. I'm assuming that most started out just like me.