This is for cutnitclose I dont know if it is a right or wrong way , but get in a neighborhood knock on some doors and if you do good work it will speak for you and word of mouth goes a long ways also.
greatlakes, I would start out with a walkbehind 1st, cheaper than a ''z'' mower and faster and more dependable than a rider. And almost every LCO has a walkbehind, there are places a z just doesnt mow well at times,. add a velke to the walkbehind and you will be able to cover some ground pretty fast, just my 2 cents worth
To my dad, Thanx Pops you are my dad, my brother , and my best friend