this has been the worst year, weather wise, that i can recall since i've been in business. severe drought, now heavy non stop rains. i still have some clients on a "per cut" payment arrangement. these are clients from long ago, who i never changed over to the new flat monthly rate billing sysyem. most of the clients pay a flat monthly rate. same price if we mow 4 times a month, or one time, or...not at all. with the drought causing us to skip an average of 2-3 cuts per month, followed by heavy non stop rain which has prevented us from getting there to mow, we are still averaging about 1-2 visits per month to the properties. BUT, i have been billing alot at the full months rate. you'd be surprised how many just send payment in full, without even calling to question it. i've come to the conclusion that charging "per cut" is a moronic thing to do, unless, you vary the "per cut" price, pending growth/weather conditions while maintaining a minimum. in 2006, ALL clients will pay xx per month, come hell or high water, that is the price. i don't care if the house burns down and the lawn catches fire too, they still will pay xx per month, period!