I decided that at age 16 I'd set myself up for a possible career to give myself options in the future. I've got a plan of action and relatively 8000 to start up my own lawn maintanence company but have a few questions and could use some advice. Due to school and extracurricular activities I figure I can manage about 20 - 25 accts at a time until the end of May once school adjourns for the summer. After that if I decide to do so, I can expand into another area around Bridgeton (where I live). I figured pricing wise, since I have no idea on how to estimate and how I've got quite the competition with an LCO that works out of his home a few doors up, I better not charge too much at first and I think customers might like to see a flat rate charge for each service. Since in our neighborhood we have lots that range up to about quarter acre average, I figured I'd start off pricing at $25 and $30 for corner lots (since of course, they're larger). Would you consider that lowballing? I checked into the neighbor and what she pays for her service, and my competitor runs about $35 for a lot our size. I figure with pricing a few dollars under the main guy I could develop a better customer base and as a result be more stable with consistent customers. Licensing is another issue. I've been mentored by others older than me and they say don't worry about licensing, considering you're under 18 and would be merely "some kid looking for some extra cash." I also wanted to purchase new equipment, more decent than my Crapsman Mower and blower/trimmer hook-up. A vehicle is also a factor, but taken care of. I'm looking into purchasing an eXmark metro 36" used. Would anyone have any idea a mower of that size would run me used? New Echo Trimmer, Backpack Blower, and Edger as well which compared to the mower, truck, and trailer, would be a piece of cake to purchase. Advice would be greatly appreciated as would some advertising ideas. Mine being so far to advertise in the local bulletin of the church and putting a small ad in the Suburban Journal that serves Bridgeton. Thanks.