Seems like forever since I've been on the commercial mowing forum, spend most of my time on the heavy equipment forum of LS. I browse through here sometimes, see a few screen names that ring a bell and quite a few that don't. Anyway, if you check out my join date, I've been here a while and I recognize those that have been here as long as I have. I posted a thread on here when I sold off my lawn maintenance business after graduating high school. Since then, I now live 160 miles away from "home" and am attending college. 2 quarters left until my AA is completed, then I'm planning on getting a 2 year ATA in Landscape Design. While sitting here living in the Seattle area, I've realized that I had many great opportunities living in my home town. I had a shop, somewhere safe to store my tools and equipment, a truck, and rent was cheap! Now I live in a 900 square foot box, no garage, nothing. With all that said, I'm thinking about somehow trying to get back into the business. I sold my dad my truck, but it doesn't really get driven, so I might be able to talk him into letting me pay him for it's use. My dad bought a Stihl backpack blower for a job we were doing last summer, but other than that, it's brand new and doesn't get used. I have an older FS85 that's sitting in the shop back home that doesn't get used as well. All I'd need to do is come up with a 21" and I'm back in it. I have a couple options as to how to structure the business, could run it as a satellite location for my dad's landscaping business, or I may hit it on my own. Either way, I'm dying to get out of my restaurant job and get back to work that I enjoy. Probably still work full time at the restaurant to make sure I have a consistent stream of cashflow coming in until I can get completely out of there. I only take 10 credits at school, I just can't make rent if I take any more than that, so I do have quite a bit of spare time to work during the week. I was pretty good at cutting grass (not like it's complicated, right?) and my reputation still lives on back home and I've been out of there for over a year. I was home last weekend for the first time in 4 months, went to a basketball game, and had about 3 people ask me if I was still cutting grass because they'd heard I was pretty good at it. Needless to say, I've been out of the game for 1.5 years at this point, not even living there anymore, but it's a small town, 5,000 year 'round residents. Needless to say, I know what I'm doing in the business, I could get going with what I've already learned and accomplished very, very easily. I know this is a bit of a rambling thread, but I hope some of you older guys remember me. Haha. I spent the last 2 years running heavy iron for my old man, really enjoyed that and may still go that route long term, but the costs of getting into that business for yourself are astronomical. If there are any guys in the Seattle area willing to meet up with me and give me some marketing ideas for this area, that would be great. I was working with a much different demographic back home, I don't even know where to start marketing over here, I feel a bit lost as to how to go about advertising and reaching customers that I'm looking for in a larger market than I'm used to. For some reason, something keeps telling me I need to get back in it and give it a go. I just sold an F450 yesterday to a guy who is friends with the guys at the dealership where I bought my Exmark over 5 years ago, it's a small world. Anyway, just thought I'd throw this thread out there. Like I said, hopefully I'll see some familiar screen names. I should be browsing on the lawn care forum daily now that I have this crazy idea in my head!