I've been posting on here quite a while. And while a lot of my posts sound like I may own my own business really what I've done for myself for the last 8 years is just a few yards here and there. I've worked extensively for several large multi-million dollar companies around here in that time. Even became a foreman at one for a year. I just could never find my place in those businesses. Either I had issues with the way they ran their businesses and I wasn't able to adapt or in the process of growing up and maturing I went through several stages in my early 20s that led me through a house foreclosure, becoming a single dad at the age of 22 and having to put everything back together up to this summer when I made several steps to finally go after my dream. One thing I have done in the past year that I find necessary for my being able to grow my business is finding a full time job that will pay for all of my financial needs in my personal life. Therefore every dollar I earn in sales from lawn care I can put back into the business. Here's the scope of my work load and purchases from this growing season. Beginning in March I used my Tax return (thank you, daughter!) to purchase a BOP Quick 36" Samurai with the single hydro. I then went down to my stihl dealer and picked up a 100rx trimmer, 90fc edger and bg 86 Hand blower. Loading everything up into my truck with wooden ramps I begin finding a little bit of work. Now I've had about 4 yards that I've done one way or another for the past 4 years. I was able to find an additional 6 yards this spring. Through various side jobs and calls I also picked up a Stihl MS-250 chainsaw and Stihl HS 45 Hedge Trimmer. Now take this equipment and my 10 yards through a couple months and my 10 yards dwindle down to 5 yards due to drought and people having to reevaluate their budgets. Now about a month ago a friend of mine that I've mowed a couple nights a week with for about 5 years told me he was selling his 2004 Gravely 1548 with 600 hrs and he would make me a deal on it. So I had to decide what I was doing. I was very negative and down at the time. I wasn't very happy with the BOP mower and not having to a sulky I was just frankly tired of having to walk. I was working 60 hours a week at my waste collection job and that being just hard work I was working the lawn stuff on Saturdays. I was exhausted. Also losing half my work I just wasn't doing what I was hoping to do. Stuff at my day job started looking better. Went through a reroute and the hours started to become a little bit more manageable. I got engaged and learned I had another kid on the way. It was go time. I purchased my buddy's mower for a steal of a deal. Now I had a problem. I had been using wood ramps with the BOP but this new mower is just too big and heavy to maneuver up ramps. Plus it won't fit between my wheel wells anyway. So through a craigslist search I found a 6x12 trailer with 5000lb axle and ramp for 1100. The gentleman I purchased it from bought it new himself only 6 months earlier and had only pulled his atvs to the dunes twice with it. Still has the nippled on the tires! Picked that up so now I'm good to go. So here's where I am financially: Basically I told myself that I wanted to make back everything I spent on equipment. My math tells me I'm pretty close. I am still undisciplined on cash paying customers' money not finding its way to a checking account or an income/expense sheet. But before I purchased this Gravely mower and the trailer I had actually made up the money I spent on equipment and then some. So after buying the new to me mower and the trailer I'm out 2900. But if I can get my BOP sold Im hoping to only be out the cost of the trailer. I've also purchased a steel grass catcher and mulch kit for the Gravely. That leaves me with about 1500 cash on hand. Now that doesn't sound like much but remember...I have a full time job so I'm not receiving any income from this yet. Plus should get another 500 with the rest of the years mowing (we're down to every other week here now ) And hopefully will get about that again back on taxes (only get to claim the tot every other year) Business Management is as follows: Now lets be honest. I'm not insured at this point and I'm not claiming this income at this point. But I am taking steps to get there very swiftly. Kansas is an easy place to start a business. No licenses and stuff life that. I just have to open up a checking account and get insurance, etc. Tonight I did some stuff that I was wanting to do but just couldn't pull the trigger on. I registered my domain name and got that on lockdown for 10 years. This was important to me because my logo I will be having designed next month will incorporate the website into the logo. So over the winter here's my plans: Logo Design P.O. Box Business Cards/ Promotional material Purchase software Type up service contracts and have reviewed by attorney Type up cover letters and other misc needs Shirts if I have the money. After taxes at the first of the year I'll open checking account for business. For the months of March April and May I'm going to run a 1/4 page add in a pretty nice part of town's newspaper. Some door to door selling March 1st I hope to have insurance in place. I don't see the point in paying for insurance when I will be doing NO work over the winter months. I'm making a point of it to focus on organizing this mess. Thats where I'm at right now. I hope to keep adding onto this over the next year at least to show how things go. When I get a logo going I'll show you all what I get and we'll go from there. Thanks for reading!