First of all hello to all on the site. I'll start with a little background before I get into my problem. I have been thinking about starting a lawncare co. for about three years. Mostly due to the fact I have two co-workers who are currently successfully operating their own lawncare co's. I'm not jealous of their success, it's just their stories have inspired me to do my own thing. Plus with the limited opportunities for advancement up the chain at my job, I just figured it was a great way to bring in some extra money and a chance to call my own shots. So about three months ago I spent a weekend working with one of the guys from work on some of his res. properties. I was instantly hooked, and I also walked away with the confidence that I could do this too. Now I don't expect to get rich quick, but this sure beats trying to convince some manager at some local store to give me a part-time job AND work with my current full-time 3rd shift schedule. After a couple times out with my buddy I visited a local dealer and purchased my own 36" wb and all Stihl handheld equip. I had a decent sized savings so right now nothing is financed. Well now to my problem. I didn't realistically envision starting up this yr. seeing how it was past mid season, and I thought customers would be hard to come by (a thought later confirmed by reading several posts on this web site) but I did want to work on improving my new craft so next season I could hit the ground running. I ended up running into my neighbor as I was bringing all my new equipment home and I informed him that he was witnessing the beginnings of my newest venture. Now during our two yrs. as neighbors I have noticed he is not too much into yard work, so I informed him that I was looking for some "practice yards" (besides my own) and that I would charge some discounted rates. He was like "I thought you'd never ask!". From that point he just let his yard go, but never gave me day he wanted it done. So weeks passed and his yard got worse and worse. Some of my buddies/family would visit and ask when was he going to cut his grass. My neighbor is a police officer and he also works 3rd shift, but he comes in 2 hrs before me and we started only seeing each other in spots. Well one evening while I was cutting my yard I decided to go on and at least do his front yard. When I was finished he came out and was like "thanks... I'll pick up behind my two boxers in the back yard and get with you about cutting it". Well days went by and no word came. So his front is soon to back to looking pretty bad again. Well after no word, or pay, for cutting his front weeks earlier I decided to leave a note on his truck. I left my cell and home #s, and said we could arrange for a cut at whatever day/time he liked. I also told him the going rate for a yard of his size in our area, and told him I would knock $10 off of that because he was my neighbor. Well about 3 wks. ago the city leaves him a notice stating if his yard wasn't cut by that weekend, they would charge him a min. of $100 for them to cut it. I get a call that thurs. and he wants to meet outside. So I go outside and he gives me a $100 and says he'd rather me get it than them. I said well this is enough for a few cuts and I'll just divide it up. He also said he would have his backyard picked up by Sat. and it was cool to do it. That Sat. I cut, trimmed, and blew his yard and when I was done he came back out. He didn't have any complaints and I said well feel free to call when he was ready for his next cut (he never seemed to be up for the scheduling idea). I come home last Thurs. morning and I notice that his front yard has just been cut! I'm like what the... Now I was getting ready to cut it that Fri. or Sat. depending on whether or not I could get in touch with him. So I don't know how to proceed from here. I am confused because they recently bought a house with a little over two acres and that would be a good yard to have set up for next year. Plus his wife is an attorney and networking possibilities could be good. But if we can't have a smoother business relationship than this I don't know if I want the hassle. Well I have a few other things to add, but I'll shut up now and get some feedback from some of you vets. Sorry for the long post, but I covered a few things in one post.