I plan on starting my own business this season. Services will include mowing, weed whacking, edging, and blowing. If the business does well I plan to offer other services like fall cleanup (leaves), and snow plowing in the winter. I have a few questions though before I get moving. Do you recommend buying any of these hyped up how to start a lawn buisness manual or Cd based informative packets advertised online? If so.. why? I plan on buying a Ford F150 4x4 pickup (easy to work on, 4x4 for plowing if needed in the future and affordable) Questions??? Regular or extended cab and why? 8ft or 6ft bed and why? Next comes the trailer... This is where I am really undecided. Some say use an open utility trailer, and others suggest a closed unit. Price is an issue because I'm don't want to take out any huge loans (trying to buy a house this summer). I don't have any garage to store my equipment when it is not in use, the only time I can use the garage is if something needs work done to it. Is most lawn equipment ok out in the rain in an open trailer? What do most of you do with open trailers when bad weather is on it's way? What are the benefits of open vs. closed trailers? Where can I find good quality used trailers? Last is my equipment which is pretty much decided. I plan on using regular consumer equipment until the other equipment (truck and trailer) are paid off. Once this happens, then I will shop around for more powerful, and money making equipment. In the meantime where are some good places to find used commercial equipment at affordable prices? Thanks for all your help. I've only been on the site a few days lurking, and I think I'm hooked. I look forward to hearing from people who are actually in this line of work instead suggestions from family and friends who don't know the first thing about lawn care. This is more addictive than the VW site I belong to!