I apologize in advance for the length of this post. I appreciate your opinions. I retired from the USAF six weeks ago (a few years earlier than I'd planned). While looking for a "real job" I started a lawn business. I started with what I'd been using for my yard: 28" Snapper rear-engine rider (the official mower of Forrest Gump), Toro 22" S/P, old Crapsman 21" S/P and electric everything else. I put $3K in a business account, got legal, signs, ads in the local weekly, some stuff I didn't have yet and went to work. The first week bought a Ryobi multi-trimmer and yard sale blower, edger, tiller attachments. The plan was to not go into debt, let the business build until it could support itself and buy the right equipment. When I had the money to buy the gear I hoped to have enough experience to buy what I really needed instead of what I thought I needed. So far so good. I've had enough business, mostly one time clean-ups, side jobs, handyman stuff, etc and a few regular lawn clients to still have $3K in the bank and about $1K in accounts receivable. My prices must be about right judging by the 50% rule mentioned on this site. All the customers have been happy. It's all good right... Now the problem - It takes me 2-3 times longer to do a job than a pro would. I anticipated that and thought I could survive on 1/2 the hourly rate until I had the gear and the experience. I've gotten better at estimating - not good but better. With experience the yards go faster, and now each yard isn't the first time I'm doing it so the extra stuff I should probably have charged for is already done. Now the biggest holdback is equipment I think. What I didn't anticipate is that the extra time I spend mowing is time I can't spend getting more business. As much as I love the "Gump" a 3/4 acre lawn takes a while 28" at time. I think it's time to blow some money on a hopefully good used 32-36 WB and commercial trimmer and edger. The question - What else am I missing or screwing up? Thanks!