Well, it's been over a year now since I lost my job and the only work I've had is a 6-week temp job. I am thinking about starting my own lawn mowing/snow plowing business. I already have a truck and lawn tractor. I know I won't get rich but I need to get something going. I would like to get the "inside scoop" from someone in the business. Wondering if I need special insurance, what to charge, if I also need to de-thatch, aerate, and fertilize, etc... I would like to do lawn mowing only, but am wondering if most people want all the above services. I don't have a aereator or de-thatcher and really don't want to get involved in fertilizing. Also, when someone says they charge "x" amount for a 1/2 acre lot, does that mean 1/2 acre of grass, or 1/2 acre lot minus the house, garage, driveway etc...? I assume you would charge more for fall leaf pick-up, but how much more? Do most of you in the business have people sign a "legal" contract so everyone is "protected"? Hope you don't mind all the newbie questions, but just want to feel out the business before I take the plunge. I appreciate any advice, thoughts or ideas, Joel B.