i am currently thinking about starting up in the spring of 2011 just like everyone else. The problem i have so far is there is like 25 local people doing it which is fine i guess. your goin to have that in any buisness. I have two big questions. The first one is Can I start with my brand new push mower, it is a self propeled troy built with a bagger, im getting a new back pack blower, and either a stihl or echo weed wacker from my local dealers. The second question is, is it to early to start looking for new customers for next season. Winter hasnt even started here in maine yet but if i know i got enough customers to need more equipment then my family will help out with a trailer and either walk behind or zero turn. I also have your basic hand tools as well. Thanks for the advice. i dont know if it counts but on some lawns i like the push mower better then the riders even though it takes longer because it dont leave rutts in the lawn. i do have a couple customers already but would like to get enough to get done my full time job being a delivery driver.