About two and a half months ago I lost my job as a Software Engineer. I wasnt really shocked that much by the whole thing considering I didnt care for my hotheaded boss. Unfortunately, this is the second time in five years Ive been unemployed in the Information Technology field. After my first month of applying for jobs, going on interviews, and debating what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I decided to place an ad in the local paper which simply stated Yard work mowing, shrub pruning, misc. landscaping. I knew I really enjoyed working in my own yard but what about doing that work for others? My phone rang off the hook. I couldnt even return all of my calls. In the next two weeks I planted more trees, trimmed more bushes, and cut more lawns with my 20 Murray push mower (which I transported in the trunk of my car) than I would have ever thought possible. My theory was, if I enjoyed doing this work with unsuitable equipment for other people then I would probably enjoy it a lot more if I had the right equipment. With that said, I have come to the realization that I dont think I can cut lawns full time. A friend of mine also lost his job in IT and we plan on trying to start up a computer-consulting firm. I know how hard it will be to start up the firm so I thought I would really enjoy cutting lawns for supplemental income. I planned on devoting two days to lawn care cutting about 10 lawns a week at roughly $30 a lawn (Ill be targeting the newer type subdivisions with smaller lawns). Now for the big question, WHAT DO I NEED? I have done a ton of research on mowers, trimmers, trucks, and trailers but it seems everyone that wants to offer advice tells me of the huge investment Ill have to make. I would like to keep my equipment fairly small. Some lawns I may cut might be too small for a ZTR mower. If they have privacy fences the mower might not even fit through the gate opening. If it takes me a little bit more time to get a job done thats OK. Remember, I want to stay small, about five lawns a day for only two days. Is it possible to get a small truck (say a Ford Ranger) and get all of the equipment I need into the bed. I have actually thought about getting a really nice Toro self-propelled mower for commercial use and see how it works out. Thanks in advance for any advice the pros can give me. Oh, I forgot to mention that my wife is fully behind me in whatever I decide to do. The only problem is that she really wants kids and I think Im ready too (I cant believe I just said that). But call me crazy, Id like to have a little more financial security before we start trying. And if it matters Im 29 years of age.