I have been in business for 3 years primarily doing lawn and landscape maintenance contracts. That division is solid. I am ready to become a landscape/hardscape company. I have learned my lesson from trying to push the business to grow too much trying to take 10 leaps at a time vs. one step at a time. I have layed low this year and plan to gradually come out of hibernating next year and make 2011 a fireworks show explosion of "Where did this company come from?!?" and also holding off to still get the newer business start up struggles out of the way I am working on getting my contractors license, I am working on studying for my certified horticulturist, and I am going to study and further my education and knowledge of the hardscape/landscape/horticulture industry over this winter and throughout next year to prepare for 2011. Another reason I have laid low is because it is hard for me to get financing to cover mowers etc. I turn 20 years old next month, I have a great credit score and the whole 9 yards but get turned down because I don't have a lengthy credit history (because of my age) and also I have not had a solid 3 consecutive years in business and don't want to get going too much until I have the financial loan power as an asset. I don't want to push landscaping, hardscaping and everything else and not have a really good knowledge of each before moving on to the next. I also want to have the financial loan as a resource asset to be able to finance things along with company growth as now I just have to pay everything in cash which is a difficult struggle. The main thing is I want to have all licenses, certs, and become members of organizations and have a good knowledge of the hardscape industry and feel good with my skills and know what I'm doing (I know a lot I will learn in the field) but I have learned you only get one FIRST IMPRESSION and you really want to knock the socks off of that prospect with your knowledge, and passion for hardscaping. I want to work on projects, and not low jobs. Be a respectable company for doing great work. You don't want to look like an idiot trying to push your hardscape/landscape business and not know what your talking about then come back a year or two later, you have already used up your first impression with that person. Where I am getting to is I would like some advice from some Hardscape Company Operations of some of the things I should be working on right now to help make things run smoothly when I market all these services? With my lawn and landscape maintenance I have relied on word of mouth advertisement to get my business to where it is today. Do you get a lot of GOOD work to pretty much keep you going from W.O.M? What would you recommend for when I get ready to start trying to pick the hardscaping up to do such as marketing...PROFESSIONALLY??? To get the lawn side going I passed out thousands of cards to get full time, but that was before I was a professional in the overall landscape industry business And just any regular input/advice/recommendations? THANKS!! - Sorry this is a bit choppy and hard to make some sense on somethings, I just quickly threw this post together.