Hey Everybody, I am new to this forum and excited I found it. I am interested in starting a lawn mowing business and need some help along the way. I have had over 5 years exprience working with a large company in fertilizing & weed control, but not one that deals with mowing. I feel confident about selling my services but not so confident on setting prices and estimating man hours, along with a few other things. My goal is to get just a few customers this year and begin growing strong and rapidly next year. I think this will give me an opportunity to work out any bugs in my plans. So with out further ado, I will begin to ask for your advise and help! Pricing: I am used to measuring lawns by square footage. Is there a formula anyone uses to determine (for example) 10,000 sq. ft equals 1 hour mowing time. If so, can you share it? Or if you are not located in Michigan, and have a pricing sheet based on sq. ft. would you be willing to share this with me? (I am in Michigan, thought it might be wrong to ask for someone in michigans pricing). Contracts: I would like to create a contract. I think I will allow the contract to be broken if needed to be by the client, I feel a contract creates a commitment on both halfs. Any suggesstions you would recommend other than an attorney? Ex: Did you do something that you later found was wrong? If your willing, would you send me a copy of your contract? I understand that most of you paid to have your contracts created, and may feel offended by sending them out and that is ok, I understand. If you don't mind, I don't mind getting the foundation. Insurance: Generally speaking about how much does insurance cost for a lawn mowing business? I want a basic coverage that will protect me should a rock hit a car window or something. New Contracts: I am getting ready to bid on a mowing job that will cover 4 county cementaries. Any suggestions or tips you might recommend when sending my proposal? I thank you in advance for your assistance with my questions above. I look forward to offering you my knowledge and exprience and gathering yours. Sincerely, Michael O.