I have just joined this website so excuse me for anything that might sound off the wall. I just want to give some of these guys some good advise, because I was there once. When I first started mowing lawns, it has to be some 20 years ago, I had just a simple toro push mower my pickup truck and I kept pretty darn busy, and I am here to tell you, I never thought that I would have what we have today. My son and I started mowing professionally about 10 years ago, and when we first started we really thought we could afford a lot of new equipment and instead we found out that new equipment was more costly then what we first thought. Into our 3rd year of business we went from 30 customers to 63 customers, which meant we were growing, and that meant we needed to be smarter with our money. So instead of going out and buying new equipment, we found used equipment that worked just fine, and we buy a lot of our used equipment online, you know the craig's list deal and also ebay, you can always find pretty good deals. You young guys have to be smarter, and really watch your money spending. Don't always run out and buy the biggest and the best, until you have enough accounts to pay for it, take your time, and choose your equipment wisely. Save money by buying your own parts and tools online, I cannot tell you how much money I have saved buying online tools and parts compared to my local repair shops, geez they see you coming!!!!! Find Places, that cater to the green industry like I have over the years, and really focus on websites like this and others that are out there, listen to these people men!!! Just to give you some idea, just about a month ago, I was searching the net and I came across this website, it was a tool store and parts store which sells after market tools and parts. I get 10% off anything in the store for just signing up as a Commercial Mower!!!!!!!!! these are the kinds of deals you need to look for to save you money. I picked up 4 new backpack blowers cheaper then what I would have gotten from my local dealer. I also found this other place out of Texas, it is a huge lawnmower junk yard, and I will tell you what, I have saved myself tons of money on used parts, I found parts for some equipment that you just can't seem to find anywhere else. Also, now that I have covered these areas, lets talk about who you hire. Image is everything guys, and so be smart when you hire your employees. Because I am going to tell you what, if you hire friends, you are stupid as they come, unless you both don't work together. Be kind to your men or women, I have 9 women mowers, and they are my best people, and always look good, and people see that image and they like what they see and want a company like that in their yard. Your company images is also important. Dress neat, keep your equipment clean, and you will do good. Well fellows I hope this has helped you. I look forward to comments.