So yesterday after cleaning up a few yards and it started raining I decided to swing by the local shop I had been building a relationship with and drool over equipment I was looking at for next year. The only problems is they aren't there anymore. So I drove 20min out to another shop with slightly higher prices and for the second time not impressed with the help I got. There is not too many other places here in Decatur IL, but there is still a few more to try. I clicked on the Quick 36 link on top of the site last night. They have a 36' hydro with mulch plate and bagger and some other things I think for $2495. I thought this was an awesome deal, especially it having 3 blades and big tires. Problem is the dealer I went and talked to said their is no one around to service Quick 36. Does he mean under warranty, or just no one will work on it? This dealer that I just went to does also carry SCAG. But could not get him to give me a price on a 36'. I know I'm still far off from buying but I really want to get it inline well before the time comes. So here is a scenario I would like everyone's help with. Both my wife and I have had job troubles the whole year and half we've been married. I am in a very solid position now selling VerizonWireless working 4 days a week 40 hours. So I know have 3 days off instead of two. I have credit card debt enough to buy a good used SUV from charging stuff to get by. I have a current customer base of 12-14 yards that have provided great referalls prices ranging 20-30 dollars a cut. I want to attack next year hard. But buying the equipment will be hard as I am a credit risk. I am thinking about asking father in-law to help and giving him free cuts till equipment paid for. I have a lot of equipment already but mostly non-commercial. I really need a good w/b and maybe another 21'. Wife gets out and helps and will hire brother for next year but not sure what to pay him. I want 50-70 yards. I will advertise in paper. I will do door to door sales for commercial lots. I have a website under construction www.wortmanslawncare.com will get trucksign need more info on how to have door hangars made. Offering free cuts, or may partner with local restaurant for special rate on dinner for 2 with referrals. I have taken on 2nd job at Staples where I worked from 17-20 years of age to save up some cash to pay for advertising in spring. I know this post is really long but I need some help on getting things in gear now or I'll get behind working so hard at two jobs over winter. I need to have action plan in place in mid February to have at least 30 accounts on a regular basis. Sorry so long, and if I don't replay right away I'm working 14hours tomorrow. THANKS TO ALL.