Hello All, I'm a solo operator with a full time job. I started out last season with a $280 Craftsman rider that couldn't keep a level deck and started when it wanted to (for my yard only). I sold that and bought a newer 42" Craftsman w/ bagger and decided to try servicing a few (patchy and unattractive) lawns for gas money. I was using my Homelite CURVED trimmer until it was stolen...from my yard- then got lucky on a Craigslist ad and bought a Stihl trimmer and backpack blower from a retired guy that was selling his small horse farm to move into a condo. I also picked up an MTD 21" off the Free Stuff on Craigslist. It was relatively new but the guy overfilled the oil. When it was spewing out black smoke and cutting off he bought a new mower. A quick drain and after cycling the excess oil out, I replaced the spark plug and was pushing two yards soon after. I traded the Craftsman 42", without the bagger, for an older 46" GT 6000. I used the GT for a couple of weeks then found a guy wanting to trade his WB for a riding mower. I called him and he was excited because he stated that he owned a GT 6000 like mine when he was younger and liked the idea of having one again. Long story short- after trading around and selling the bagger, I ultimately paid around $180 for a Snapper Pro 48" (belt driven) Walk Behind. I took on a couple of regulars and did a few one time cuts here and there with the Snapper, all residential. I had no clue what to charge and even used the homeowner's equipment a few times for a few bucks less- I needed the money. (go ahead, call me a lowballer, I've accepted that I WAS 'that guy') This season I want to be legitimate though. I'm keeping the full time job but I want to run a legal operation this year- taxes, insurance, etc...being the potential killer, I know, but even if I break even after it all this will be good experience in business. I won't pretend that this is a dream of mine, but I do enjoy it and, ultimately, answering to myself and not relying on a few apes to make decisions concerning my career and future are the biggest draws. Maybe it goes against some code somewhere, but I'm looking at this from more of a business perspective than just a "grass cuttin' guy" like I was last season. Mentally I'm ready to move forward, we'll see if I can walk the walk... Anyway- this is turning into a long post, so I'll stop delivering a speech and just say hello. I found this site by chance and I am very impressed with the help and mentorship this industry seems to provide willingly. I don't have any specific questions yet, I'm mostly looking for input from the more experienced folks out there. Thank you in advance. I'm enjoying and thankful to now be a part of LawnSite. JD 48" SnapperPro WB 4 x 8 Trailer w/ homemade ramp Stihl Trimmer Stihl Backpack Blower Sold the 21" MTD and picked up a Toro ProLine, 2 cycle (need to get it running again) Craftsman Yard Vacuum (needs carb rebuit, my fault) One hungry family that seems to be getting taller everyday!