We are moving forward with a lawn mowing service for next year. We bought a mower today. I know normally you want to try and get jobs beforehand to know what mower is best suited to the jobs you are getting. However, I felt like it was a decent deal, for a nearly brand new mower, that I felt like was the best bet for the jobs I will be going after. 2006 Ferris 1500Z 25 HP Kawasaki with only 25 hours on the mower (his own property. We are aiming toward lawns 1/2 acre or more. And we pretty much have one condo complex of maybe 3-4 acres just about wrapped up. I felt like if we get that one we will be at least able to justify the cost of the mower. We paid $5700 for the mower. A brand new 2007 model with 2006 pricing would have been $6700, so for 25 hours worth of use I felt $1000 off was a good deal. In addition I got a trailer included to haul it around for another $250 and a Craftsman push mower for $50. Not that I really needed those but hey if they come in a package deal they are much cheaper. I figured the mowing may not be as profitable as our landscape division but doing the mowing and having face time every week with some customers can certainly lead to many more jobs, and profitable ventures. It also makes us more visible in the neighborhoods we will be mowing at. And typically the people who need their lawns mowed are the ones who also need their landscapes maintained. Lawn mowing is usually the first thing people will do on their own, then landscaping. We already have a pretty good customer base of landscape jobs, which some may very well be interested in our mowing services. We also have some business owners that we already work for who may have businesses that need attention too. That is the goal to get some commercial accounts, so lets hope our gut feeling was correct. So now I have my mower, I will be checking this forum more often. I am going to start to look for questions so I can plan out exactly how to price things. I know I need to base it on my costs, but I am speaking in general terms. What is the lowest price anyone would charge for going to a site to mow the lawn. Given a 52" ZTR, 22" walkmower, Backpack blower, String Trimmer. If the place took 30 minutes (1 person) to unload, mow, trim, and blow, and reload is $30 a good starting point or do people go higher or lower than that? I think I read somewhere that about $1 per minute was a good starting point. Obviously that will change from place to place, but is that close?