I know that most businesses strive to make 30% profits on jobs. I am about to bid on my first commercial strip mall. Can someone please offer some information. This guy is looking for weekly mowing and 2 times each year to have fresh mulch put down. The mulch is where my question comes from...I am not to sure because I haven't priced it but let's say that I can get my mulch for $19 a yard what would I charge him? What precentage do I mark up things like this. (topsoil, mulch, stone, etc). Also how do you guys usually charge for drive time/ delivery? If I am using my dump truck to deliver 10 yards of mulch an hour away...would you go by price of gas and add 30% to that or do you just go by your hourly rate...say $45 an hour? Any information would be great! Just want to make sure I am doing this right. Your first year is the scariest time....with the most doubt. I am glad you guys are here!!!