I used to maintain 10-12 lawns approx 20 yrs ago while in HS & college. Now after being fed up w/ corporate sales gigs for the last 15+ yrs I am ready to jump back into the biz and do something for myself for a change. Interested primarily in Lawn maintenance for residential & eventually commercial customers. Initially will be doing this solo but eventually want to take on a helper. I know its late in the season and mainly this will be for next year, however, I am in central AL so there are still several months left to at least begin picking up a few customers. What advice can you guys give me in the following areas: What I would like to have & need: trailor, mower (ztm or wb), trimmer, blower Equipment to buy?- (father is retired & does lawns on a pt basis so he has some equipment). Buy used or new? What is a decent amount to spend at start up w/o going into a ton of debt since at present I have 0 customers. Do I take the "Field of Dreams" approach (if you build it they will come) and buy my equip, set up my biz and then advertise? whats the best way to handle this? Best advertising methods that are effective. What about a yellow page ad for next season? And what about all these "start up kits" on the internet? Are they worth the $50-$60 investment? Anything else to consider as I begin? Thanks a bunch.