Hello All. I am new to this site and have found a lot of the articles on here to be very helpful in answering some questions so far. Seems as though there are many here with a lot of experience and knowledge of the industry. I have experience in the field but not as a owner of a business. Id like to ask some questions in hopes to get some helpful answers. I don't expect to make a ton of money right off the bat but id like to succeed. I wont be going in debt being that i have enough money saved to buy the equipment, etc. When starting out trying to find customers are there certain areas that should be targeted more than others? I have read on here about door to door and about direct mailing fliers, etc. Seems as though it is a 50/50 split on the thoughts of the two options. I don't mind the face to face by doing door to door but is this a good way to go in hopes to gain a few customers quickly? I realize that a lot of new customers are acquired through word of mouth and others seeing you at work. But naturally to get to that point i need to have a decent amount of customers. I am not afraid of work or long hours. I know it takes time to build a business like this so i am open to what this just may bring to me. I am putting a lot of time into getting this going and off the ground. I don't expect anything to just fall into my hands. With that being said what do you all feel would be a logical number of customers that i could possibly get in my first year? How many were some of you able to get in your first year? I also have another job as a sub contractor doing work that is not related to this field so i do have other income. I make my own hours at that job so i can really put as much time as i want into this too. Do you all find it easier to get landscaping jobs versus lawn maintenance jobs? I know landscaping is where more money is. I really enjoy the mowing part of this field but i also know that if i want to succeed and make decent money i need to offer all the services which is no issue either. What are some of the better brands of equipment that you all have come across? Mainly speaking of mowers, trimmers, blowers, etc. I want a good product that others have had much success with. Stihl, Husqvarna, exmark, etc? Any input would be very much appreciated. I have no issue with bidding out lawn maintenance jobs. Is there any tips some could give on bidding out mulching jobs, shrub trimming, retaining walls, etc.? Are there any programs available to help with stuff like that? Or are there certain formulas some of you use? What are some of the things that i should expect my first year in business? Things from do's and don'ts to what to expect financially? I am only throwing out a number here but do you think 50 customers would be out of the ballpark? Please be honest. I guess really it is all in my hands as to how much i advertise, etc. Last but not least. If we aren't going through a drought or a massive amount of rain then how often do most of you cut your customers lawns? Are you on a weekly schedule, every 10 days, or bi-weekly? I am sure it varies depending on the customer but what is the most common? Sorry for the novel here. I just want to know what i should all expect coming into this so i am not blindsided by anything. Its a big step for me and i want to succeed in this. If there are other helpful words of advise or things i didnt ask about that you feel is something important then please feel free to post about it. I will check back frequently and respond throughout this. Thank you to all that have taken the time to read this. I look forward to reading the input that i will hopefully receive in regards to some of these questions i had. Thank you all again and have a great day and successful 2013!!!