Maybe I am missing something as I read through these posting. There are all kinds of people "starting" a lawn care business, but there is very little discussion about a business plan. I am coming to the conclusion that many, if not most, of the posters here have no concept of what a true business plan is, much less have one. (either written - best - or thought out but not on paper) I've seen too many postings (and I've not been here that long) that go something like this... I lost my job and I've decided to start a lawn care business. What equipment do / should I get. Should I buy a Stander, a ZT or a WB? etc etc etc. .... this is closely followed by the post.... how do I get more clients ... which then follows with complaints about low ballers, who are said to be taking clients, but really are doing business with people that you think you deserve. The "problem" here is not asking advise on equipment. That is a good thing to do. But instead you first need a workable business plan in order to understand what equipment you are going to need. Buying a trailer, trimmer racks, trimmers and the best mowers you can afford is not a business plan! Even buying insurance, getting a license and adversting is not a business plan. It is a failure plan. If you're starting out with residential property, since few start with commercial accounts, what is the best equipment for those properties. For the most part you don't need a big ZT for a residential start up account. You can, most likely, get by with a decent 21" self propelled mower and any gas trimmer and a broom. Put it all in the back of the pickup that you already own and you're making money (not payments) After you pick up a few more accounts, a good upgrade might be in order. Big enough to save you time, small enough that it can be used more than it sits on the trailer. Now, here is where a business plan begins to kick in. Suppose someone want you to do their grass, but you with your current equipment it will take too long or be more work than worth to you? There is a time to say NO to the business. That is when your business can sustain the cost of the new equipment as compare to the return on the new account. But let's say that the equipment can be used to save time on a number of existing accounts? Then it might be wise to say YES. Or suppose you are mowing lawns in one section of the city and someone with a similar size lawn wants you do mow their for the same price, but they live in the other direction. With mileage and time, you might want to say NO to that customer. But let's say you drive through and see the real potential for several new clients. Then it might be worth saying "YES" to get into that neighborhood and put your services before new clients. It does not take a lot of capital to get into the Lawn Care business, which is why it seems like everyone does it. But it does take a good business plan (or being lucky) to stay in the lawn care business. Just look at Craigslist, the classified ads, and community boards, there are a lot of people selling used lawn care equipment because while it was easy to get into, they are proving the point it is hard to stay. My point of all this rant.... WHO has giving thought to a business plan as opposed to simply planning to do business? And can / will you share some of your plan for all these new (and possibly older) people who don't have one.