I read several post a week where someone is just looking to make several hundered dollars a week etc... Now I know alot of you guys that have been in the industry for awhile have at some point been forced to figure out your true cost for dropping the GATE. When I started full time here in FL. 2 yrs ago my cost of dropping the gate was @ $18/gate drop. Now with over 120 accounts and one employee the gost for dropping the gate is at $9.28 So with that being said, especially for the new guys, you have to figure all your expenses and divide how many accounts you have and that will tell you what it cost to drop your gate. (In a nutshell) So again for the new guy just wanting to earn a few bucks. If with insurance, gas, advertising, mower expense, mower depriciation, etc... and it's costing you somewhere in the neighborhood of $15-20/yrd and your charging $30 and it takes you 30min and therefore you think your making a dollar a minute. It's obvious that there is grave misunderstanding of the imfumus dollar a minute. Buy knowing the true cost there is no way you can get sucked into pulling up to a yrd and customer saying that's a little high so and so will do it for $20/eow and you fluster up your pecock feathers not about to go away empty handed. However, not knowing your cost you just done that yard for free. You say no I didnt I walked with $20 in my pocket. Think again!!!! Would be interested to know what the industry average is($5-29) more???, and what others might think there true cost of dropping the gate.