Hello all all you kind people (and nmlinc - just kidding ), First off, great board! Here's my story, and some questions / concerns I need help on. I bought a nice Ferris 1500z at the end of this year to mow my 5 acres. No intention of starting a lawn care service as I make $80k at my regular job, but in researching all the forums for the best buy on the mower, I came to the realization that lawn care is one thing I love to do, so why not try to start a business part time and see what happens (did I mention I hate my $80k per year job?). Then I do more research, and learn that 1) I need insurance, 2) I need a license, 3) there's more to being a LCO than mowing and weedeating. I don't want to low ball a bunch of people and drive down the prices. I don't want to start not knowing what the heck I'm doing, and I don't want to start up and lose time and money. I'd really like to do this right, so here are my questions: 1) Is there cheap insurance available for part-time operators? 2) Do I need a license for applying off the shelf fert/weed kill? 3) Is it really worth it to go part time? The only time I get to see my daughter is during the summer vacation. She'll be 16 this Christmas, so I'm thinking of hiring her to help - give us some 'quality time' together and her some spending money for the summer. 4) I'm thinking that I'll need a mulching system, bagger, aerator, edger and a quality blower (my cheapo handheld died this year) - what else? 5) Besides 'sping cleanup', mowing, edging, fert, and weed eating - what else does a 'full service LCO' do during the course of a regular mowing season? Is everything included? What the heck is spring cleanup, anyway? 6) What do your contracts include? I at first thought that it was for 'mow and go' only, but it seems there's more to it than that. 7) Do I need an accountant? I know nothing about amortizing equipment, taxes, etc. for a business. 8) Business plan - thinking 6 to 10 accounts for the first year, double that the next year, and full-time the year after. I currently have the Ferris (48"), two weedeaters (Toro straight shaft and Craftsmen curved) and a 5x10' trailer. I also have drive, determination and a willingness to do a great job. If this works for me in the next couple of years I will quit the office job and go full-time. Any suggestions, insight, outright flames, etc. appreciated. Thanks!