Looking into starting up a part time lawn mowing business. I've got an 8-5 job that pays most of the bills, but my wife is expecting (twins!, plus a 4 and 5 year old!) and will be taking some time off. I'm hoping to make enough that she may not have to go back to work(she works at wal-mart now). Mowing was a high school job for me, and I loved it. I'm hoping to have 15-30 lawns this year, mostly residential, from 7500sf up to an acre. I have a truck and 18' trailer, plus a 21" Lawn Boy. I'll be looking at a Sthil trimmer and blower from a local retailer. He also carries Ariens, Gravely, Ingersoll, and Toro. I have another local place that carries John Deere and Exmark. I'd like to stick with one of these places, so service is not far away. What should I be looking at for my first mower? I'll be financing whatever I get, so I'd like to start off as cheap as possible, and still have it work when I need it. My thoughts are either a high-end residential zero turn, a commercial walk behind, or a high end tractor style rider. Looking at something with a 48" cut. Also, for advertising, I'll be making some business cards, and fliers with tear offs for the local grocery store and gas stations. I was thinking about door hangers and/or fliers to deliver door to door, but I'd like to target the most likely customers. What is most of your residential customer base made up of? Retired people? Wealthy dinks? or is it pretty well diverse? Thanks in advance for any help, and props to the creators of the site, it's been a huge help already!