I have a 5 year plan to stop working for the man, and become him instead. I don't plan to make lawncare my profession per se, rather a piece of a multiple income stream. Heres the plan as it stands: Use my craftsman mower, line trimmer and manual edger initially. I will also need to purchase an inexpensive gas blower. I plan on reinvesting all profits back into the business to purchase equipment. I then plan on purchasing a Honda mower, Echo line trimmer/ with edger attachment and a Stihl backpack blower. There is a LOT of lawn companies here in Florida, so competition is ripe. I want to keep things extra simple at first. Since I will be servicing homes in residential developments, most lawns will be fairly uniform, so I would like to charge a flat rate, probably around 25.00. Pretty much just want to keep it basic until I increase my knowledge base regarding troubleshooting, fertilizing, pruning etc, etc. I did consider offering to remove dog excrement for a small fee, as well as wash exterior ground-floor windows. Just trying to think of some simple value-added services. I'm going to pick up a business license as an LLC and open a business checking /savings account. I'm trying to learn adobe illustrator and indesign, but I will use Publisher to create some snazzy business cards, post cards and brochures. I will either distribute these personally or obtain a mailing list and send them out at regular intervals. I also plan on creating a business website using yahoo. Other than that I just want to make sure the process is enjoyable. I'll be doing a lot of reading on the forum. If you have any comments, advice or criticism I gladly welcome it.