I have been engrossing myself into this website, books, pretty much everything I can get my hands on. The one thing I know for absolute certainty at this point is I have a sh** load to learn. I think I have read almost every thread on this site. Well, every thread that has been posted within the last month and I have to say, some of you guys just knock my socks off. Some of you just make me laugh - in a very good way. I am stressing out, huge. I want to do this more than anything, and I am going to do it. But I want to do it right and I think it's really important to do a reality check. And my reality check is what is keeping me up at night. I read these posts about figuring out your costs, insurance, attorneys, CPA's, solo op's versus employees and I know that this is all extremely important, no, critical. And I'm trying to do all of this (with exception of the employee thing). But I've never run a business before, top to bottom. How do I figure out how much gas I use in a day?? How do I figure out what my marketing costs are PER JOB? Yes, I'm meeting w/my accountant in a couple of weeks and I'm sure he'll explain this to me, but these are the things that keep me up. Then I read posts where people are advising these younger guys to go to college so they don't end up cutting grass for the rest of their lives and I think "What in the Hell am I doing???" I have a college degree and the only thing I can think of is cutting grass/landscaping for the rest of my life. The point - maybe I'm putting to much thought into this, maybe not. But at this point I'm second guessing my marketing materials, the truck I've bought and the equipment that I have or am planning to purchase. I'm on a major swing. One day I think "I'm going to get enough accounts and I'm going to kick ass" and then the next day I'm not going to get any. I've been driving my husband nuts so I thought it best to vent to the pros.:blob4: Sorry. . . Sheshovel - I am taking your advice to heart and starting slow. I have already turned down three landscaping jobs, but I have taken two, two that can be done prior to full mowing season kicking in and they are smaller jobs. I won't be taking any landscape jobs this season, aside from maintenance and some plantings in existing beds. Anyway, I'm probably going about this the wrong way, judging from what I've read so far, but I'm meeting w/the bank this week to get financing to buy two commercial mowers. I have everything else and our finances, at this time, don't allow for me to go out and spend several grand on additional mowers (I am currently the proud owner of two 21" mowers, I know, you're cringing right now. . .). I won't actually pull the trigger on the mowers until I have what I need in contracts for the season to feel comfortable doing it. For those of you that have actually read my rambling, venting, 'God Help Me' post, you ROCK. I guess the main point is, thank you. Seriously, thank you, everyone for all of your posts. I cannot tell you how much you have taught me in a very short period of time, even BobbyGedd. Bobby - not to call you out or anything, but it's called "Major Medical". GET IT.