A little about myself, I am a 20 yr. old college student majoring in business management and a minor in turf management. I have worked with grass all my life working on a golf course and lawn care since i was 16 and have a HUGE passion for it. I started my lawn care this year.(Lisc. and Ins.) Due to some very unfortunate deaths in my family i finally got the money to be able to start up and give my dream a try. I bought all my equipment and is payed off in full so nothing to pay off. The only advertisement i did was late in this spring with going door to door and word of mouth. I have about 15 yards i maintain on a weekly basis. Im not looking to expand this year but take whatever comes my way. Basically what i want to do is, grow my business as big as i can starting this next mowing season. Goal of at least 50 res. yards and maybe some commercial. I am looking to spend about $7500 to use on advertisement and marketing next year, can use more if necessary. and will have the money for equipment as i grow also. WHERE I NEED HELP 1. If you where in my position, what would you do with the money to grow your business ? What kind of advertisment ? 2. What advertisement works best 3. How can i make my advertisement stand out from the other Joe's out there. 4. Whens the best time to use some Mass Marketing ( Fall, Feb-Apr ?) 5. How do i go about getting commercial properties ? Totally Lost in that area Basically I need a sense of direction of growing from step 1 to taking that leap of being a legitimate recognized business. Thank you for all input and advice.