Ok, so heres the deal: I've been in the industry for 2 years, and over the last year I pretty much ran the show. The owners I worked for lost interest (moms and dads are rich) and so I know how the game works on the production side of things. I also have some good business relationships with some of the larger companies we did subcontracting work through. I have no delusions of granduear about the riches I can make.... basically for this first year I will have me and another working 60hr wks building from subcontracting work to my own accounts. The questions I am facing now, however, are the intrinsics I was never "privy" to, such as: a)how much can I expect to pay for insurance for a 2 man crew, one truck (mid 90's model) per month? b)putting an average of 45 hours a week on a 60" deck zero turn exmark, plus the usual extra 2cycle gas used in weed wacking..... basically how much gas will I use per week for one crew? i know this will vary, I'm just asking for estimates based on peoples experiences c)I know I'll need about 2months worth of capitol to get by at the begining before I even see a check, are there other expenses I"m not seeing that I'll need to account for to be safe in starting out this business? d)when crunching my numbers I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I"ll need to bill out $50-60 an hour to make my bills and save enough over this year to grow my business plan to add another crew next year... is this unrealistic in expecting I get this or near it when the bulk of my first year will be from subcontracting? e)and last, I"ve been brainstorming about where to go to recruit business, and one promising idea I've come across are trailor parks. having quick, painless, and for the mostpart, clumped accounts so close together I feel could be a very profitable afternoon. Are there any drawbacks to bidding these places? Are there other areas I should be more focused on? Anyways, i've unloaded enough of my questions on you all. Thanks in advance for any ideas, advice, or answers you're taking the time to respond with, i'll be checking soon! Have a happy holiday people!