As most of you know, i'm going online with my LC business next spring. I've just purchased a 2001 Dodge 2500HD truck, but not much else so far.(Enclosed, ZTR, WB and stuff will come over winter as the season nears) Anyway, I am still slaving for "The Man" day after day, dreaming of when I officially open the business. Today I was chatting with a customer about trucks, and showed him my truck, and he was like "Wow, wtf you gonna be doing with it?"... I told em about the LC and Plowing business I am starting next season. Anyway, we talked more, and he said I sounded professional, ambitious and knowledgable, and mentioned he is very unhappy with the guy handling his properties. He has 2 office buildings, and a fairly large Condo project that need to be mowed/plowed. In close, he said he would like me to handle everything next season, and he is going to pull the other guys contract and see how much hes being paid so I can have a ballpark of where to price (naturally, i'm going to be a bit higher). I explained to this guy that I am a well educated business man, and have no interest in doing a poor, low quality job just to make a buck so I can hit the bars at 3pm after mowing a few lawns for the day. He was impressed, to say the least. Nothing is set in stone, but it looks real promising. From what I gather talking to him, this one contact may match or beat what I make a year working for "The Man". So in the end, it really pays to talk to people - and always be selling yourself. Act professional and knowledgable, show ambition, and be political! Sell yourself, sell your company, and sell your quality service - don't sell yourself short!. Show interest in your customers, ask them about their fancy car, tell them their house looks wonderful! People like to hear about what THEY own and work hard for! There are ALOT of people out there cutting grass that are making this business hard on the professionals, don't become one of them! WOOT - I can't wait!