I've been invited to bid on a property that is much larger than my target clientelle. I know the manager quite well, he said they aren't happy with the current lawn company. My friend is also in charge of collecting the bids evaluating the operations and giving his recommendation to the higher ups, and they almost always follow his recommendation. It sounds like a good situation cause their bidding system works on a bell curve so the highest and the lowest bids are thrown in the garbage, also you can only bid if your invited and he's required to obtain at least 3 bids. Basically this leaves the bids that are submitted at a reasonable price. Then as long as they are satisfied with your work it will be yours for as long as you want it (it took the other company 2 full years of being unreliable and unpredictible and multiple chances before they put this up to re-bid. The only reason I mention all this is to paint a picture that I will be compensated fairly for this work and there will be little to no PITA factor. Now on to my question... My operation currently is not equipped to service an account of this size, but it is definately something that I would like to grow into. The opportunity comes at a time when I don't have the capital in cash or credit to ramp up for this in time for mowing season. I'm sure many of you have encountered this while growning your businesses and was wondering if you have any suggestions. I'm going to need at least one more 61" and a bigger trailer (minimum), and it would be nice to have another trimmer and another backpack. The aquisition of this client alone would not only support the cost of operations but also the cost of adding this equipment, salary and profit. Here are some options that I have thought of for the short term until I can make the necessary purchases: 1.) Rent another mower and a bigger trailer. 2.) Ask another LCO that I am friends with to work at an hourly rate. 3.) Submit a price for the whole year and ask for payment in 1/3'rds, one third before the season starts, I'd be able to purchase the equipment and run my operations on this, but with no profit. Some of you guys have been through this growth, what got you through it?