Hello everyone, This is my first post and I would like to introduce myself. I am 21 years old and have always loved mowing grass ever since I was little. I am married with almost two year old twins. I have cut for a few commercial company's and really enjoyed it. I had plans to go into the US Army but things didn't work out. Over the summer (when I was planning to go into the Army in October) I posted craigslist ads and had many lawns. I drive an older BMW and put a push mower, weed eater, and someone donated a blower to me all in the trunk. I had roughly 5-10 lawns weekly and turned down a lot of work because I wanted time with my family before I left for basic training. After I found out the Army wasn't going to happen I took a full time job delivering pizza and I found out really fast I wasn't making any money and I made much more mowing grass. Now its fall and I'm looking to start a real business. I no longer have the delivery driver job because I was loosing money on gas and I saved what I could and got a Toro self propelled 22' mower. I wanted a "commercial" push mower but they are hard to find. I went to STI and they claimed they had commercial toro's for like $299 and up. So I went and bought the Toro personal pace with blade stop 22' self propelled mower. So far I'm happy with it but I don't think its the commercial version like they claimed it was. Hopefully it'll last. I have a weed eater brand straight shaft weed eater (I know you guys are going to beat me up for that one) but it works but I KNOW I may need a new one soon since if you take off the back cover and feel for connecting rod movement and I believe the bearing is worn but I don't hear any noise when its operating. So I may eventually upgrade to a Shindaiwa IF I can find an older one for sale cheap or even an Echo. I have a homelite blower that was given to me. Its not that powerful but it gets the job done. I really want a backpack blower since it gets pretty tiring after a lot of blowing with it. Plus its leaf season and I know I'm going to be blowing a lot of leaves. My plan is to start small with the push mower and maybe one day work my way up to a walk behind. I know a lot of guys just jump right into the big mowers but most of the lawns around are small and can easily be done with a push mower. I am getting a hitch and a small trailer soon so I'm not putting everything in the trunk of my car. My goal is to get about 15-20 lawns a week. This is what I have so far. Small Stripes Lawn Care (Name is this because I always attempt to stripe and the stripes are small because of the push mower). *Flat rate pricing *No contracts (For now) Services offered: -General Cut (Including cut, edge, and blow) $25 1/2 acre or less $35 1/2 acre to 1 acre (I will not cut anything more than an acre) -Leaf removal: $35 1/2 acre or less ($40 if I dispose) $45 1/2 acre to 1 acre ($50 if I dispose) Aeration: $40 1/2 acre or less $50 1/2 acre to 1 acre Seeding and fertilization: No pricing yet. Still trying to find best deal on seed and fertilizer. Pine needle/mulch application: No pricing yet. Still trying to find best deal on seed and fertilizer. Website is in progress. I'm sure you all have heard similar situations before but I would like help on pricing, marketing techniques (So far I have the idea of website, craigslist, run ad in paper, flyer distribution). Keep in mind I'm about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte in NC. I plan on servicing the Charlotte area. Also I would like to know what I am able to do during the winter months to stay busy. If its marketing, trying to improve my knowledge, etc... I do plan on registering my business name and all of that once I get started. I don't want to spend a ton of money on paying taxes and all yet until I know this business will work. I do want to get a pesticide license so I can spray weed killer and all down the road. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!