I am 19 years old. I have thought about it for the past 2 years and finally decided to start up a lawn care business! I have about ~$12,000 to start it. I have NOTHING as of right now. Heres what I am going to spend it on, tell me if I'm wrong I am not new to mowing,ect. as I worked at a school district for 2 years doing grounds work, But i am Very new to starting my own business and prices of everything. Heres somethings I have prices to: 1/2ton Silverado '99+ 4x4 ~$7,000 12' Enclosed trailer~ $1,000 (I have one I am ready to purchase) I have the opptunity to purchase my cousins zero turn rider 52" (not sure of the brand but I know it's a good one) with under 100hrs for $3,500 I'd like to have 2 string trimmers, Incase one breaks. A hand held blower to clear off driveways. Can someone enlighten me on what I should purchase and the prices? I am going to be running this by my self. I will be offering: Lawn mowing, triming and clipping removal. as well as spring/fall cleanup and mulch spreading. I don't want to get into hedge work right away becasue I have not had much exp. with it. The thing I am worried about is I know of 2 bigger lawn service companys around my area...and my friend has a lawn care business, So i am worried that there will be no more clients for me! My friend claims that he has so much work he has to turn most people away. I am just affraid to invest all this money and then have a hard time getting off the ground. I am having a friend of mine (professional photograper) do up a flyer for me in which I will list off my services.. I am wondering if any of these phrases sound like a good sales pitch: "are you tired of your weekely lawn upkeep? If so, let us do the dirty work so you can come home and relax" I was also thinking of things I can pride my self on such as: "young,enthusied and experianced crew" "fully insured" I am from Orchard park, NY (20 mins south of buffalo) currently we have 4+ feet of snow so I don't have to worry about doing lawn service for atleast another month, hence why I am doing planning right now I have read many threads on the site and you guys seem very helpful! your help is greatly apprecitated!