Hello everyone, this is my first post. I was hoping to get some advice for a newbie. I'm currently looking to break into the business and i'm taking the time to do my homework on as much as possible. I know a lady that wants to sell her lawn business and move out of state. She has a somewhat legit reason for leaving town that I won't get into, but it's not because the business is bad. We're in central florida and the word from several people in the biz around here, it's heavy competition but there is always room for another crew and there is plenty of work to do. Anyway, she wants $12,000 for the following equipment: 7x16' Horton Hauler Trailer Gravely 60" PM260z w/Kohler 25hp, 712 hrs on meter Toro 44" z147 w/Kaw 12hp, 1195 hrs on meter Echo Edger (i didn't grab model) Stihl 400 Backpack blower Husqavarna trimmer Additionally is her ~35 accounts that are pretty decently spaced. Now, first, is this a good buy? Second, is this a good way to get into this biz? I like the idea of buying an established business so that as soon as i'm in it, i'm mowing and bringing in revenue. I'm scared of going all out buying new equipment and not having lawns to cut. Having a zillion dollars of equipment and no lawns to mow with is is not a winning proposition. My other option is to start small buying used equipment and get my own accounts slowly. Over time i build up to having all the great equipment and heaps of accounts. I like this idea in the abstract.... it's really the best way, but i'm in need of bringing in cash soon and don't have the patience for the organic growth method. I'd much rather hit the ground running. I have good credit and am in a position to take a loan for this. If it is a good buy, i don't see why not to do it that way. Any Advice?