Lurch... how did you become a Marine? Alot of determination and hard work! Unfortunately you have to start from the ground and work your way up. I fortunately started when I was younger, out of the trunk of my Mother's car! Today I run a full service Landscape company and offer everything from maintenance to installs, roll off service, masonry, etc. Believe me when someone tells you nothing in life is free, their speaking the truth. I have alot of respect for guys that start from the ground since I now what it's like. I will tell you like I tell everyone, it's a hard field to work in and to be successful in. If your a sit back and watch things happen type of guy, I would tell you to jump ship now. In this field you have to make things happen. Also don't believe all you hear about commercial. I can tell you that we hands down make more money on residential accounts than on commercial in terms of sqft, markup, or hourly breakdown. The only thing that makes commercial profitable is volume and full service. Honestly, I just don't think your ready for it at this time. Good luck.