40 years old, with some start up money in my pocket. Found this site frequently while doing the diligent footwork. Only experience I can recall of doing lawn work, is from my teen years. Having been in the restaurant industry(front of house) for over twenty years, it is time to get outside. The thing is, I have a lot of questions and know many more are to come. My searching has brought me this site often and believe I have made my initial big buy decisions here. Believe I will be starting with the Honda HRC216HXA and the Stihl KM 130 R. I already have a full size truck(no trailer), and will be purchasing the big costs(mower and Kombi) when I feel I am ready to dig in satisfied when I am ready. As the saying goes "Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail." That all being said. There is so much more I obviously need to know. For instance, as a sole proprietor, what software would be recommended to start? Being so green, what literature would be recommended for the man starting solo with little to no experience hands on, and will only be taking on residential accounts to start. The reason being on that one, is that I will be taking Landscaping Technologies courses at PCC(Portland, OR) while beginning my career transition(required here in Portland if you want to make more than $500 a year from one client). What are some of the tricks of the trade, so as to not ruin myself with the school of hard knocks??? Basically, I believe I have found the right place seeking for answers. The thing is, so much has been said in here. If any of you would be so kind as to maybe copy and paste some url's with your own sound advice. That would and will be so appreciated. Thank you LawnSite, I think some good mentoring will happen here.