Started my business in April 2007 after a school teacher friend of mine approached me about taking over her business. Was working some other side jobs and hadn't't mowed anyone elses lawn since I was a kid. Did some research and developed a name based on my full time profession Law Enforcement and came up with Lawn Enforcement. Bought the business from her for 1000.00 which included a small trailer, two lawn mowers and 9 customers. By the end of the summer I had 35 customers, was installing sprinkler systems, small landscaping jobs and blowing out sprinkler systems. This small partime job has really taken off in the area I live in. I am now researching how I can make this a full time career and working my law enforcement job on the side. I have found that if you are reliable and do a good job the customers will roll right in despite the competition. I applied the motto " We protect and service your property" which was tied to my profession. Customers feel safer with law enforcement staff on their property and don't worry like they would by having some of these other crooked meth head fly by night companies. I am fortunate to have my bachelors degrees and substitute school teach during the slow winter months. I have been told by my father in law I will never make lots of money working for the other guy and now truly believe his philosphy. If you set your mind to something it will all work out and you will be as successful as you truly desire. Lawn Enforcement continues to grow and we are now turning away work as we have become so busy with no advertising other than word of mouth. I now look at our company as the one everyone and other companies are now competing against us and we are not competing against them. It all started with a small 1983 s-10 pick up, trailer, two mowers and 9 customers. Good luck to all those who are starting out.