College student looking to start small mowing business?

Hello everybody, first of all thanks for taking the time and reading this. Here's the deal. Me and two other friends (all 18 years of age) are interested in starting a small local lawn mowing business. We live in a country-ish area where most of the yards are very big. I've noticed driving by different houses that there are houses that either need to be cut or are being cut by expensive landscaping companies. We thought it would be a good idea to put flyers around close neighborhoods and the local supermarket offering our service of cutting, trimming, and cleaning. Now, what are some good ideas to include on the flyer. other than our name, what we do, and contact information? What would be a reasonable charge rate to offer to customers? We want to be reasonable where people will want us cutting their yards but we would also like to make some money after taking care of gas expenses. Some ideas i had were to charge $1/minute, $30/acre, or even $50 for the first hour then $1/minute after that. Equipment wise, we have a Cub Cadet zero turn mower, a John Deere 325 riding mower, a push mower, weed wacker/trimmer, and other basic tools (rake, shovel, etc.) I think we have the necessary equipment to complete our small jobs. However, we do not have a trailer to carry the mowers. Would it be better to invest in a used trailor or to purchase a ramp for a Silverado truck and have the mower in there? Also, if you have done something like this before, how was the experience? I am interested in the input. Thank you again for taking the time, I am curious to see all the answers!

Asked By: - 5/25/2010
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This should be of help to you with more info on that.
Answered By: Shirotae - 5/29/2010
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Is your equipment commercial grade? If not, you are not ready to mow anyone else's lawn. Residential grade mowers are built to cut grass about once a week, not several times daily... More
Answered By: pondlady - 5/25/2010
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