I would like this to be a topic where some of the more established LCOs can help out us new comers and add your input. Most all of us would love to have our clients on yearly contracts or at least seasonal contracts. This would be so we get paid the same amount each month and not have to rely on each cut and then someone asking us to skip a cut, resulting in loss of pay. I can start off with the basics. 1. You need to know how many weekly and bi-weekly cuts you will be given before the year starts. You do this by looking at a calender and counting the weeks. (Example.. I would start counting at april 1st and end at the end of november) lets use 32 cuts per year as an example. 2. You would then need to figure out how much you would charge that person and multiply depending on what kind of contract you will be doing. Either seasonal or yearly. Lets say 35.00 for their lawn 35x32=1120 If seasonal i would divide by 8, because ther are 8 months from April - November. 8 would come to 140.00 If yearly you would need to divide by 12, because of 12 months in a year. 12 comes to 93.33, i would round this to 95.00 because you are having to wait on your money at the same time giving them a lower monthly payment stretched out longer. 3. If yearly, you would need a clause in there saying if they quit mid season they would be back charged all past cuts at whatever you determined their yard was per cut in the beginning minus whatever they already paid. ( example... they started on april 1st and they quit june 1st say they were paying 95.00 a month and got 8 cuts during this time. Your original calculations were 35.00 per cut. 8 x 35.00 = 280.00. now they payed the 95.00 for 2 months which equals 190.00 you would need to subtract this number from 280.00 280.00 - 190.00 = 90.00 this is what they would owe you for leaving at this time. 4. Seasonal contracts would be good for grass cutting where as yearly contracts you could add in all sorts of things, like fall and spring clean ups, aeration ect... just add these things into your totals. Well how did i do on explaining this? i would like to here a lot more input on this as this is the route i will be taking next year.