They say opportunity only knocks once, if you think about it to long before you open the door, you will miss it. I have been trying to convince myself for the last couple of years to get in the Lawn Maintenance business. I have posted this before so i know it sounds like a broken record. Last week I was asked to bid a hydro seeding job on a new development that is going up real close to my home. I talked to the developers and discussed the what, when's, and so-forths. I was informed that the acreage being developed was 359 acres. They are planning a gated community and $2 million dollar houses. A couple of years ago I would have thought hogwash, but with the developments and pricing I have seen lately, I dont know, might be possible. The group that owns the property spent big money buying it and are spending big money cleaning it up. I dont know if I got the seeding job yet, but the potential for even more money just seems to be slapping me in the face. If people have the money to build $2 mil houses, they have the money to pay a Lco to maintain it. I already have the turf and ornament license, even tho i dont sell the service. I already do lawn installs even tho I am more geared to the commercial seeding. I dont have the right equipment for chemical apps or commercial mowing but it ain't like I cant have it by next week if I wanted it. Now my questions. 1. If you see this as a good opportunity to start a lawn service, what steps would you take to insure that you where ready when the houses are actually built and the owners have moved in. Note the actual building hasn't started yet, just underbrushing, clearing, and building roads. 2. What other opportunities do you see that might be profitable to someone with the ambition and means to make it happen. I am just talking about maintenance and installations, not trying to build, buy or resell houses. 3. Besides a mower, trimmer, and blower, what other equipment do you see as a "must have" to properly care for a development of this type. I already have trucks (3) and trailers (2-16 footers, 1-6x10 dump) and a Ventrac 4200 diesel with 60in mowing deck, as well as other attachments. The Ventrac is a good mower but probably not the best choice for this situation. (read as slow) Make a great backup machine tho. 4. Any other questions I should be asking. 5.I already carry Insurance and we are a Chapter S corp so yes, we do pay taxes, but would Lawn care require a different type of Liability Insurance, I can ask my agent this, but I figured I would get a faster answer here.