I'll be returning from Iraq soon and would like to get started in the excavating business for myself. I have a lot of experience working for someone else but have always wanted to take my own show on the road. Am I crazy to think that I can get started with a dump truck, trailer,and a backhoe of my own and rent the equipment that I don't have. I realize I will probably start out doing septic tank installations, agricultural, residential, pond cleaning ect. Pretty small stuff. Do you guys think that renting a lot of equipment to do these types of jobs looks unprofessional? Do you guys think that It is possible to operate in this manner until I can afford to start buying more equipment of my own and still keep the customers happy and not look like a complete jackleg doing it?