I am a recent grad from college(aerospace engineering '04 Purdue University), and I am in a office job that I HATE with a passion. I go into work everyday feeling horrible because it just feels wrong to be there, like I have to die a little just to survive in there. I would LOVE to be outdoors everyday, even if it meant making less, especially if it means I make my own hours, with lots of time for relaxing in the winter. Everything about this lawncare stuff sounds great. I am not too worried about money. I can bear it taking a year or two for this to take off. I recieved an sizable inheritance from my grandmother when she died and I have about 16K saved up in a savings account from my engineering job in addition to that. So basically, I can struggle for a year or two and still not be "struggling." The inheritance was supposed to be for a house and it will be, but I also see it as a safety net, or better put, a source of extreme peace of mind. No matter what happens I have something to fall back on, and with my degree, I can probably find a decent engineering job if this doesn't work out. Basically, WHAT AM I WAITING FOR!? Well, this is a new idea for me, and I need help developing a business plan. Fortunately I live in a well populated area of Virginia. The area is called Hampton Roads. Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Cheasapeake, Virginia Beach are the cites around Hampton Roads. I like in Newport News. Yorktown is also close by. Does anyone know if this is a good area. It gets pretty dry at times, but I think there are enough residential properties around here for there to be good potential for making decent money. At minimum I want to mow lawns. I would also like to do other various yard duties. Basically, anything they'll pay me for I'll do. I am wondering how to go about starting up. How do I investigate if it would even be possible in this area. Should I just create a flyer or something and start going door to door trying to get jobs for next year and then commit to this full time if I get enough jobs? Are written contracts necessary? I have a lot more questions, but this is a starting point. Geez I am dreading going to work tomorrow. I want to quit right now and maybe even get a decent part-time job until I can get this thing going. Oh, that's another question. When should I quit my job? After I get a number of jobs, or right away. The only thing stopping me right now is my parents, ever the proponents of avoiding risk, especially monetarily. But if I am going to be miserable for a third of my life just to get a few more bucks, what's the point? I guess it depends on how much it takes to start up. I could probably sell my car for 1-2K. Add that to my savings I could have about 17000 ready to go into this. It would be my goal not to touch the inheritance. I would need a truck(used of course), trailer(used if possible), 2 push mowers(another safety net in case one breaks down), weed wacker, trimmer, chainsaw maybe. Is 17000 enough for all this? I don't imagine I need a big truck. Just big enough to fit the equipment. What haven't I thought of? What pitfalls am I overlooking? Sorry for the long post, but I really appreciate the help. This job I'm at now is just sucking the life out of me.