Actually fireball I am not going to increase my individual prices from last year.<p>They still have to buy the aeration, dethatching, spring clean up, 5 step lawn,<br>3 step tree and shrub.<p>Here is the part of my actual contract I have<br>not told the group. I DEMAND to be paid up<br>front for my services. Even on any new commercial accounts. Here is the tag line<br>cut from one of my proposals:<p>The cost to provide all of the above services including providing all equipment, labor, fuel, fertilizers,<br>and herbicides is $13,568.00 including 6% PA sales tax which is payable in eight (8) equal installments<br>of $1696.00 to be paid on or before the first of each month from April 2000 through November 2000<p>If the check does not show up in my P.O. Box<br>by the first of the month I will suspend services until it arrives.<p> You see in my world it's my way or the highway. When you only market your services to newer $250k an up<br>homesites that equals $500k an up homesites<br>in the metro tri state or Phila burbs you<br>will have effectivly shut out all the "lawn<br>cutters" so they will have a hard time finding another company that can duplicate my services at my pricing levels.<p>I have 5 gear drive toro walk behinds (one 62, 2-52, and 2-44) that I have less than<br>10K invested into all those units. I have <br>a pesticide application vehicle (jrco spreader two 15 gal 12v spray tanks)I made from a 44" walk behind that I paid $200 for with a blown engine. All are bought and paid for. If my present accounts don't like it they will be replaced by a new account with<br>higher gross profit margin.<p>Let them eat cake.