Starting part time while keeping my full time job next year with the hope of transitioning into this full time the year after. I make a little over $50k at my job and while some people think im crazy for trying to do this and leaving a cushy office job, as an insurance agent, i just want to get the hell out of the industry and work for myself. My plan is to eventually go part time here at my current job (2 days a week) and work landscaping the other 3 days a week plus weekends if needed. Hopefully Ill eventually get to the point of being able to leave here all together. I am very thorough and am a sales/business person at heart, so i know what it takes to make a company run efficiently. Mainly I am trying to start off with no debt, but i may consider financing a ZTR after next summer if the 0% deals are still going on. Cant beat free money! *Mower Picked up a 36in WB last week. Used MTDpro 400hrs, bagger, velke for $1300. Thing is in pretty much mint condition, never used by anyone other then the original owner for his home and a few neighbors (he was the neighborhood handy-man). This will be used as my primary mower for next season, but eventually I will be only used for backyards with gates and as a backup if I pick up a ZTR at some point hopefully after next summer. *Blower & trimmers Will be picking up quality blower, line and hedge trimmers over the winder. Still trying to figure out exactly what brands/models, but Im usually one for the 'buy once cry once' mentality. Still torn on dedicated equipment or using some type of combi system for the trimmers (I have another thread on that..) *Trailer My father-in-law said (owns an excavating co) has a trailer he said I can use to start which would obviously save me from having to buy one up front. *Vehicle Im going to use our SUV to start. This is where im torn, do you guys think i can get away with this when starting up part time? I really want to save up for a truck and not spend pennies on a beat POS. I know this isnt ideal, but is it a viable option for a season until I save up for a f250/2500?? *Advertising Going to pri use word of mouth and I live in a huge neighborhood so im going to make up business cards and magnets and walk around passing them out and talking to people. A few people around my street that i know personally have already said they would use me or at least get a quote for my services. Also going to have a few polo shirs made with the business name/logo. I will also eventually make a website, but prob not up front, but im still debating that. I used to make them years ago and while im sure I still can, i would prob end up paying a friend of mine to design it, and obv ill have to pay to have it hosted. *Billing/invoicing/payments Pretty simple, Ill be sending the invoices myself or dropping them off when im at the property. Still not sure if i should bother offering credit card payment services up front, maybe ill wait a while on that. Anyone have any experience? Is it worth the CC fees to be able accept them? Im just going to use some simple invoice paper (doesnt quickbooks make them for you to be printable?). *Estimates/quoting Plan on using some sort of triple carbon copy type paper. Im sure they are out there somewhere. Copy for me, copy for client, and a copy to be attached to the invoice. What am I missing? I have hand tools already. I know i need to pick up a bench grinder to sharpen blades. Luckily i have a garage I can use to store equipment and as a workshop. Im pretty handy so most of the maintenance I can do myself on the machines.. I already have like 6 gas cans of various sizes. I do plan on registering as an LLC (not sure of the business name yet) and will also register as a home improvement contractor with the state. In NJ if you do ANYTHING other than simple lawn mowing you have to have the contractor license. I will also be insured as that is needed to register as a contractor. thanks for the read!