As someone just completing their second year of lawn cutting (weekends only) I would like to offer a few of my thoughts to that question that we see all of the time: What advice can you give me 1) Always remember that you can be replaced by several goats. And they are not nearly as full of $h1t as some of the fellows here on Lawnsite. 2) Always work on Saturdays but dont fill your schedule. I am always amazed that people will walk up to me and ask me to do their lawns once or all summer. If/When I go at this fulltime I will take Sunday and Monday off if I need to. ALSO, make a little noise loading up and drive away slowly. I have had housewives chase after me to ask me to please cut before their big party that night. 3) Forget about contracts. I will mow when they want and as often as they want. If they dont want it cut then that is fine, just call me and tell me. One exception: If I show up in front of the house then they get charged for it even if I dont cut. Not everyone believes in this they prefer contracts -- and that is OK. 4) I started with a 21 inch cut, 5.5 horsepower Murray that was 12 years old. Sometimes I thought that I wouldnt make it past the 3rd lawn of the day. Then I got a 48 inch John Deere from Home Depot. Much better. Some of the guys on here might try to make you feel inferior by telling you that they have ExMark and Dixie Choppers. Remember that their blades go round and round just the same as yours do! Youll eventually get there if you keep it up. That being said THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A ZTR! 5) (Has nothing to do with cutting grass) Three ways to spell it and each has a different meaning: Theyre, There and Their. Cutting grass has nothing to do with literacy. Just read a few of the posts and replies. NOT MEANT AS AN INSULT it is a fact. Knowing the ways of nature and being good at it is not one of those things taught in high schools and colleges. 6) Saying and Doing are two different things. Many posts and replies talk big but when it gets right down to it, the customer is most always right. Especially if they are paying for it. ESPECIALLY if you take the money. 7) Blow off the neighbors driveway if it is right there. I cant tell you the number of tomatoes and cucumbers and bags of green beans and ears of corn that I have gotten from these newfound friends. A few even asked me to cut while they were away for the summer. And it only took about 2 minutes of my time. What would you rather have them thinking as you pull up? Theres that jerk again going to make a lot of noise for the next hour OR Oh, good hes going to blow off my driveway when hes finished. 8) There really is no good way to trim shrubs. Its always a pain, even if you use a tarp to catch the trimmings, and I hate doing it. 9) Customers love the way the yard looks when you cut on a diagonal. You can almost do a bad job and they still like it because they dont do it that way. It looks different to them and, therefore, it must be good. 10) It should be against the law but it isnt. They pay me to put down fertilizer to make the grass grow so that they can pay me again to cut it. In other words a $12 bag of dry fertilizer goes a lot further than you might think. Just a few random thoughts. No insults intended well, maybe one. Maybe. Feel free to add a few of your own.