Hello everyone my name is Ben English i am starting a lawn maintenance company called Scenic Excellence My plan is to start small with just mowing trimming and clean ups. I have a front wheel self propelled lawn mower but need to replace the motor in it. i got the mower for free. I am gonna pick up a trimmer from Rona I am using my Suzuki sidekick to bring the mower from job to job. i don't currently have a trailor. Questions i have are: 1. Is going door to door for contracts or odd jobs worth it? 2. I have flyers being printed for me, Is it worth it to put them in mail boxes? 3. I know i am starting small, but am i starting to small? 4. I have a program i am entering for starting the business, i need to have a good plan to have a revenue of at least $2100 per month for the winter months to be accepted into the program, What are some ideas i can do during winter months? 5. How often should i convince the customer to get there mows down? 6. I eventually would like to expoand the company into interlocking brick walk ways and flower beds as well, What % of my revenue should i save for new equipment to expand? 7. The amount i decided to charge is a dollar per minute, with obviously not telling the customer, just tell them the price i will charge total, Is this ok or should i have a different approach to it? 8. Is it good practise to have customers pay for the whole contract up front, or should i do it by the job or month? 9. Would it be a good idea to get year round contracts to keep me busy during the winter months, for example if i get a mow contract have them take a package deal for the year. is this good or no? Please answer questions one at a time so that i can keep it organized when i read the answers, as i am going to be incorporating them into my business plan. for references. thank you very much and looking forward to all of your help.