Not to knock the guys at all, but I am a woman starting in this business this year. I've been doing it "unofficially" since I was 14, everything from mowing to landscape design and installation, just for friends, family and myself. The recurring theme is the same with me - I hate my current job situation and I love everything about being outside, working hard and making things beautiful. So, I'm going for it. There are some obvious obstacles that I feel I'm going to face being a woman in this male dominated industry and some distinct disadvantages that I'll have to overcome with learning and time, mostly related to repair and maintenance on equipment to avoid lengthy downtimes. I've been reading through a lot of the treads and this is truly a gold mine of a site. I was just curious if there were some women owners out there to see how they're doing? Also, what's the best way to approach other companies for subcontracting work? I'm not licensed for chemical application and honestly don't intend on going that route. I have a customer that wants the regular applications and being a newbie, I'm not sure how to approach other companies to see if they'll subcontract out the work? Are most open to that or will I get laughed out of their offices? P.S. Just for the record (from the other thread) I have insurance. Wouldn't do a thing without it. . .