I really wonder how people arrive at what to charge. Some costs associated with mowing are a little difficult to ascertain, such as depreciation, while others, like fuel, are evident, but I would think anyone would at least be able to estimate costs, and bid accordingly. Case in point: There is a guy we'll call "Joe" who lives near here. I've only met him once, at the gas pump last year. Seemed like a nice guy, about my age (I'm 56), perhaps a bit older. Has a decent mower, a Snapper, I think, and a nearly new pickup (my tow vehicle is 11 years old). Anyway, the fellow that did my mowing for a week while I was in Alabama hunting this spring told me that he and his friend mowed the local school once for the LCO that has the contract, because he got so far behind with all the wet weather we were having. It took him and his buddy 3 1/2 hours to mow and trim, and these guys are a lot younger than I, and in good shape. The LCO has the contract for around $330 as best as I remember, which includes mulching as needed, and spraying herbicide periodically. Anyhow, he was telling me that good old Joe submitted a bid of $100, just for the mowing. So, $100 divided by 6 is what, about $17 an hour. The school board, however, stayed with the previous LCO. Well, the other day I was talking to a salesman for a local soft drink bottling company. He was asking me about my mowing business, and mentioned that he and his kids used to mow the bottling plant property, and charged $60 to do so. He said he didn't think he was too high, and in fact thought they were getting a pretty good deal. Last year, they decided they didn't want to mess with it anymore, so he told his boss to find someone else. His boss was upset because it was already mowing season, and the salesman told him they would keep mowing until they found someone else. Well, he said two days later, the boss was tickled to death they were quitting, because they found a guy to do it for $25! And, you guessed it, it was good old Joe's Mowing! We talked some more, and he said he knows some of the family, and he thinks Joe has a pension coming in. Well, I hope to be able to draw my pension and mow one day also, but if I'm going to do charity work, I'll volunteer at the local hospital or something. Why would anyone invest the time and money in a mowing business, and charge what obviously barely covers costs? I mean, did a lot of these guys miss 6th grade math class?