Just found this site yesterday and it really has lots of great information. I'm just now getting into doing lawn care full time. I worked my last job in computers for 18 1/2 years and got laid off last September. I have been cutting grass ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper and I swore up and down, once I get laid off I'll never work for anyone else again. I ended up getting a good severance package and still drawing unemployment until the end of May. I have purchased most of the equipment I'll need but lack the lawn mower. I will be doing mostly residential but I do have a couple of businesses lined up. Most residents are about 1/2 to 1 acre in size. What would be the best mower to start off with? Would I really need a riding mower at first or should I wait until next season after I build up a customer database? How many customer should I start off with? Right now I have about a dozen lined up. I am not in financial debt, all I owe for is my truck, 98 Chevy LWB 1500 W/T, $128 a month payment. I have my insurance lined up but I have another question about license. I have called the local courthouse business license division and they keep telling me I don't have to have a business license. I hate to say it but I live in Northern Alabama where we are bass ackwards from everyone else. What license can I tell them I want? I've called them 3 times and each time they tell me I don't need one but I want to get one for tax purposes. Also, what about a city license? Around here, the one's I have talked to about maintaining their yard, I get the same remark from each of them "Every time I get someone to mow my lawn, they cut it a few times to save them up some beer money and I never see them again." Remember I'm from Alabama, this is where we go to family reunions to pick up women. (joking) Any remarks good or bad will be appreciated. This business will be run by myself for the first season and then after that I am going to add some help. One more thing, I will not undercut someone else just to get their business, I do not believe in back-stabbing.