If you are under 18 and have 15 or so decent residential yards or a few commercial, and anything better than a murry. then, more power to you! if you just make up stuff to fool with people then yahoo chat is a real good place. I started around 11 with old pushmower, bought 8hp murry, and a trimmer around 14 (murry $125.00 trimmer $69.00 I think), got interetsed in parting, cars and girls around 16. Dropped yards took a year round mill job and and alot of fun. first opertunity blown! Settled down about early twenties, married very broke maxed out with dept just to have somewhere to live. started back with push mower "seems like i did this about 10 years ago" and at 30 now am just getting ready to buy the first ztr (been running walkbehinds for about 6 years.) I had to most of my profits to pay bills, thats why it took 4 years to save $3000.00 for the 52" bunton hydro wb, lesco blade sharpener, and commercial trimmer. Hauled old equipment in pickup, borowed an old trailer that belonged to my mom a few times a week for a few years If you stay on track you will be able to tell employees what to do and spend your day doing pr work and looking for more accounts. i would never put anyone who actually started and sweated through on whole year, no matter how much or little they made. When I started back in my twenties i cut some 1/4 acre neighbors yards with old push mower for $5.00, whew! I'm not bragging or crying and don't need to see pic's of peoples equipment. If you are still in school (or any age really) and have the drive to make any size business work ( your my hero!) I have struggled for years and there are two 14 year olds I mow beside that have backup mowers that put my bunton to shame. But I have one to blame but me, and cant we all just mow along?