Well I have been along time lurker here and I just spent allot of time reading post about start ups. Why is there so much negativity here? I too am looking for advice and encouragement on going on my own but I am really afraid to ask for suggestions here on many different things for fear to be flamed. My background is I have been working for family in the lawn-care business for the past 2 years. I lost my job and did not want my government handout. The family owner is not the smartest bulb on the tree "can't read at all I do it for him" and tends to yell to make himself feel better. Well my question is should I start my own in today's economy? How big or small should I be for a one man show? What is your max size lawn for push mowing with 21"? When should you get a 48"? I would also like to hear more about pricing your work and what you get for different types of work "lawn cuts, mulch, flower beds, etc.....)? Please don't take some of my comments wrong we all was new sometime.