Hello, i have been doing side jobs for neighbors for years now, but finally want to try to get this to take off for real. I am looking to officially register a business name, and get everything legit this Spring. i plan to have little or no business related debt going into Spring, as i have a decent array of equipment that is in good repair and a truck/trailer thats ready for work. i just need some help getting a business officially started. I am 24 now and am confident in my work, but still am worried about this business even working right. Because of my financial situation, i need to continue my fulltime job this Spring so I will be limited to 2-3 days a week. If this busines stakes off and I feel finalcially stable, i will quit my current fulltime retail job and do landscaping fulltime. Going into business I would like some feedback on what I should expect at first. Will i be running at a loss at first or does a LCO usually do pretty well from the get-go? Right now i live paycheck to paycheck and it's stressful. I just am scared I will dig myself a deeper hole if i make a bad choice. This past summer i spent all my extra income collecting lawn equipment for the business. i currently have a 16' tandem trailer, John Deere 345 tractor with 54" deck, push mower with 20" deck, line trimmer, leaf vaccuum/stick grinder, 48" aerator, 48" lawn roller, 150lb broadcast spreader, 19 bushel grass/leaf collection unit, etc. I use my personal truck to haul the equipment, but after my first year i do plan to retire my personal vehicle from the business and buy or lease a heavier duty plow truck. I plan to run the business solo, but i do have at least 1 person interested in helping if i need the assistance. At this time i am trying to figure out a good business plan thats reasonable in terms of profit/loss for my first year. Also I am in need tof advice on registering a business. Is an LLC the best way to go? What do most people pay for business insurance for an owner/operator setup? i'm just looking for some rough estimates on what to expect. Also what have you found as the most effective or efficient way to advertise? Thanks!