I am in the stages of planning to start a LCO beginning next season and really want to make sure I am getting everything nailed down to help ensure a smooth entry into the local market and visible success. I worked in a factory for 16 yrs. and it wasn't bad, but it closed and (with same company) I got moved to an office well----I CAN'T STAND IT ANYMORE. I have been contemplating trying to start a business of my own for a while and lately cannot resist the gotta do it feeling. Just want to run some things I'm doing by the experts. I have nearly completed a business plan, with goal for first year to make what I do now about 40K, I feel I need to be very customer focused and to that end want to present a professional image (uniform shirts, clean shaved, on time, sign on truck & equip., etc.) I plan to use local trading post papers for ads and insert fliers & also post fliers, leave business cards at other businesses(with o.k.) and have brochures available all after first of year into feb. & mar. Also am insured & licensed. Equipment will be: 727A &717A commercial mini frame Z-Trak by J.D 2 Trailers one 16' & one 8" 2 string trimmers Echo 2 blowers Echo 2 hedge trimmers Echo 40" tow core aerator HD tow spreader HD push spreader assorted hand tools Reason for 2 of everything is I do not want to turn any residences down I can always hire help if needed. Got truck but it is 1/2 ton ext 4 wheel drive. I have all equipment paid for, cashed in retirement to start debt free, and am so excited I can't stand it!! Hope I'm doing this right, want to work hard & gain good rep. & more work. Hope I'm not let down. Thanks for letting me ramble!