I am sure you guys have heard this a thousand times, but I am starting my own LCO. I am inc. The business end is pretty much wrapped up (accountant, attorney). I have what I think of as "enough" experience(5 years applicating, 2 of those 5 mowing and "small"l andscaping too). I plan on residential only for the first year or two then upgrading to a 60"Z and taking on bigger jobs. I will also be offering lawn applications. My prices will not be "lowballish" either, you get what you pay for. My main questions are, 1. Used Equipment: what brands have the most longevity? (36"w/b for now) hustler,gravely,exmark,toro,scag,cub cadet (mowers/service in my area) 2. Used Trailers: how old is too old? new in my area 1200-1500 16 by 7(growth in mind) 3. Hand equipment: echo,stihl,murayama,husqvarna? 4. Vertical software: Gopher pro ,Groundskeeper pro ?(applications) 5. Landscape lighting: Is it a good idea for somthing extra? 6. "Softscapes": Landscaping without walls? (customer's kid smashed his face on a wall this summer......bad) 7. How much work (gross) before someone is hired?