This is for FYI. I'm not trying to deter anyone for lawn service business, but here is an observation I had today. Today I picked up the local bargain trader type paper, and there was an unusually large amount of commercial lawn care equipment listed, and at rock bottom prices. I even bought some items, because the prices were steals, and every item I called about an item and or bought an item the owners said they were throwing in the towel on lawn service for every reason from it was too hard, and not enough pay off, to they bought stuff they couldn't afford, and the grass wasn't growing so they weren't making any money at all to pay for it. So those of you out there considering starting up or have recently, please for yours and your family's sake take the time to make sure you know what you are getting into. After 9 years of working for a Lawn Service I decided I would start my own Lawn Service. When I started my own business 6 years ago I sat down with business owners, former business owners, an accountant, an attorney, an insurance agent, and anyone I could get sound advice from concerning owning and running a business. The lawn service is a business, and you need real advice on running a business. When talking to a new potential customer, or renewing a contract with an existing customer, and the say I am a little high on the price, I have a saying and it goes like this - Any smuck can buy a lawn mower from WalMart, and go cut grass for a quick buck, but do they know what they are doing, or will they still be in business at the end of the year, or were they ever really in business at all. I'm insured, licensed, bonded, with 15 years experience, and 6 years of owning my own lawn service. Now who do you want taking care of your lawn? 99.9% of the time I got the contract. Again I just want to say, if you think you have what it takes, go for it, but make sure you really understand this is a business, and learn all you can so you don't get yourself in a mess. A little back ground on me. When I started on my own I had a Ford Ranger, a used 36" walk-behind I payed cash for, 2 new commercial string trimmers, a stick edger, hand tools, lawn tools, a hedge trimmer, a used chain saw, a hand held commercial blower, and minus the truck a total investment in equipment of just under $3000.00. Now when you looked at the real numbers, that first season I only made just under $6000.00 net after paying myself back, and paying all the other stuff. Thank God I was still working for the other guy who didn't cut in the county I live and cut grass in. If not for that job I would have been really hungry. It wasn't until after being in business for 4 years was I able to let go of the apron strings so to say, and actually live off what I made from my business. Good luck all, and please look before you leap into Lawn Service.