First of all I'd like to say what a great resource this site has been for me over the past year or so. I've been in the car business now for about 5 years and have had great success in the business. For about the past 2 years I have set aside as much money as possible so I can pursue my dreams of owning my own lawn care business. I'm at the point now where I have the money to do so but won't go at it full time until the spring of 2008 most likely. I haven't decided yet exactly what equipment I will go with but I have the cash to purchase a used truck, a couple nice used mowers as well as everything else that I will need. I plan on spending about $15,000 on a truck, $2,000 on a trailer, $5,000-$6,000 on a ZTR, $3,000 on a wb for the yards with gates and about $500 a piece for a good blower and edger. I plan on buying a Walker mower as well as the areator and dethatching attachments so I can make more money in spring and fall. My initial business plan calls for 50 weekly contracts. Most of these lawns will be billed at a rate of $30-$45 per cut depending on yard size and obsticles on the property. I feel that with efficent equipment I should be able to hammer 50 properties out on my own while doing good qualtiy work. I'm not a total newbie to the business as I worked for a company in college and mow som neighbors and others that live near me. I also do installs for cash on the side...usually only 3-5 per summer. Anyways I feel that with the right marketing and almost a year to work at it I can get reach my goals of 50 contracts by next cutting season. On top of cutting I will also do the other jobs that most owners do as well as snow plow in the winter months to supplement my income. To live comfortably I really only need about $40,000 a year to survive and I don't plan on changing my lifestyle at all until I can afford to put another crew or 2 on the road mowing The reason for my rambling is simply to get tips and advice from some of the guys that are full time and doing what they love. If you see anything in my plans that is crazy let me know...i'm open to all ideas and critics. Thanks in advance.