I am planning to start a small mowing business starting this April "08". Currently i have: 91 ford ranger 5X6 utility trailer home lite backpack blower popular trimmer craftsman push mower (mulcher bagger) I was thinking that my first investment will be approx 2500 $ for either a 42" zero turn or a walk behind. Which is my first question. What is better long term? Should i hold out for a better rider and invest in a decent walk behind? Or should i buy a zero turn rider? I am currently looking at Toro, Arien and Kubota. I have looked into insurance, and definitely will be investing in that!!! In the next couple days i plan to look into a license. I have little to no information so far, or if i really need to be licensed my first year only mowing approximately 10 yards. This upcoming season I plan to do about 20 - 30 hrs a week, just mowing and maybe mulching. I have a full time job second shift and i plan to keep that job to see if this is an opportunity i want to pursue. If things go well i plan on investing in a new trimmer (after my initial investment) and then a Sthil blower. After that i was thinking of buying a snowblower (if business permits). I am curious to about leaf removal in the fall, not sure what to do there. Any advise on getting started, what my initial investment should be, or what to purchase first etc. would be very help full. This is a great site and i have learned SOOO much, i really thank everyone for posting, especially Eric, God bless him! - Another thought was to sell my ranger and utility trailer and buy a landscaping trailer and pull it with my Astro van..... Thanks again Lawnsite.com!!