When I was about 10 I had about 7 customers in Marcus Iowa. By the age 18 had only 2. Thought I was too cool to be mowing yards- Went to work on a farm.( The farmer made me mow there too!) Went to work at Gateway Country selling computers after high school. Did that for 9 years. Sept 20, 2003 quit Gateway and handed out 500 flyers and got 2 calls. 1st call became a regular. She did not mind my electric weed eater (Grass hog-Home Depot $36) and let me use her electric WeedEATER Blower. Lawn crews laughed at me as they drove by my 150ft extension cord. I now have about 20 regulars and 5 off and ons. When I graduate from College in 3 weeks plan to really hit the streets for more business. My degree will be computer networking yet I prefer to do lawn care. O- by the way, the blower was returned to the first cutomer who let me borrow it. It was replaced by a used ECHO which I now have two. The weedeater was thrown in the trash and replaced by a ECHO. The mower is yet my only at this time. It looks to be about 20 years old but cuts like new, also starts on first pull everytime.