Hello all, I am new to this site. I will be leaving my full-time restaurant industry job in May, 2010 and plan on starting a lawn maintenance business in Upstate NY - rural Saratoga County and Fulton County, around the Sacandaga to be exact. I will have some cash ($10-15k) from my current job (contract ends and I have decided not to renew) and will use this to purchase my equipment to start. I already have a 2004 F150 FX4 SuperCrew so that part of the equation is already taken care of. I will have all insurance and registrations in line before I start. I figure I have 7 months to get it all ready for the spring. Anybody from that area of the country have any advice or experience? I know there are some professional guys in the area, but it is far from saturated. I plan on targeting many of the weekend homeowners as the bulk of my business, with spring/fall cleanups and snow removal as well. I know from family experience that it has been difficult to find reliable and professional services in these areas and the ones that exist are loaded with work. Also, if I set-up an LLC - can my new business "buy" my truck from myself and write it off as a business expense once I start?