I've been lurking here for a while, but I'm a regular on Plowsite. I've been wanting my own small business and considered a number of things. I used to do some light landscaping in Mass along with plowing. I never did much with the landscaping part. It was just a few yards and fall clean ups. Stuff like that. This week I picked up a yard in my neighborhood. The customer went on a neighborhood forum site asking for somebody who could cut, trim and blow. Well, I can do that and do a nice job. His yard is not very big. Small front yard and one small side yard. I quoted $35 and he agreed and wants service every 10 days and I cut down to 3". It takes about 15-20 mins with my 21" and that includes clean up without rushing. I don't know if he had high expectations for me or not, but he expressed how satisfied he was and how great it looked. The guy he had before me was there for 4 years and he just didn't have the time for the work anymore. My equipment as of now is a Troy-bilt 21" self propelled, gas trimmer and blower. Yes, it is Joe home owner stuff and I don't blame you for rolling your eyes. I'm haunting craigslist for a decent commercial walk behind. I need a bigger mower for my own yard anyway. I do not want to go take out loans on new equipment. Debt means risk and can add desperation to take on work. Right now I'm not depserate and can go forward with some feeling of relaxation. Then what happens if I don't make it or decide I don't like it? Not having debt means I can be a little more picky on the jobs. I'm hoping to gain customers like I did with plowing driveways. Mostly referals or neighbors walking over to inquire while I'm working. Flyers and craigslist can work ok, but I think some people may just ignore those and I'd just get lost in the mix. I do not have the knowledge to offer any fertilizing or seeding right now. It's cut, trim and blow. I don't have a company name or any landscaping GL insurance right now. I'll admit that right off the bat, but I am aware of the need for it. I haven't come up with any kind of written agreement yet. I'm willing to grow slow and be patient. Hopefully nobody sees me as a hack at this point. I will not be a $10 or $15 dollar a cut guy! I am expecting some jabs from Grandview or Gold Pro.