Hey guys, I've been reading on this site for quite some time now and finally decided to sign up. Im a 18 year old Eagle scout whose going to college that has been mowing lawns, mulching, pruning shrubs, snow plowing, and everything in between since I was 12. Over the years and with the addition of my license and truck, I have expanded out of my immediate neighborhood to about 17 accounts around my town. Last summer I bought my first commercial mower which was a dinosaur of a 48" Scag which now needs a new transmission among other things. Recently a very good family friend who knows my situation offered to loan me some money to buy a new mower. No strings attached, I pay him back a portion of each payment I get as I make the money, no interest or anything. I talked it all over with my parents and with their approval I now am the proud owner of a brand new 48" Scag Hydro. I have lots of other equipment that I've bought and accumulated over the years and this upcoming spring and summer I'm looking to further expand and really do this seriously at least while in college if not longer. I guess I'm just looking for some advice on how I should go about doing this and what has worked and more importantly what hasn't worked for all of you guys that do this professionally and for a living. Also more info on when its appropriate to register as a real company, marketing, and that kind of information would be extremely helpful. Thank you!