In reply to Phil's message: This year I finally have reached the point where I have more work than I feel comfortable doing by myself. I have hired a part-timer to work one day a week (Friday of course). It became instantly apparent to me that I would have to increase my new bid prices. Although I was able to cut an extra 4 to 5 lawns a day with my new helper I was only making an extra 10 bucks. The cure is price increases for nearly 50% of my existing customers (none of which complained), removal of distant customers and adding 25% to my gut feeling bids.