when my wife and i decided to expand our farm/nursery into lawn care/landscaping we didn't know where to start. our sons are out of school and we needed to expand our family business. we read posts, searched key words, and did a huge amount of our research on this site. my bids are competitive with our competition, not high or low. i have all my permits, tax numbers, and ins. i went john deere because of an established (3 generations) relationship with our local dealer, but i felt more confident have read others opinions. we got our first job on our first bid! everybody in town uses one company, they specialize in scalping weeds and going. we are going to take out and replace the old yard fence, repair all the damage the old guy did rutting up the yard (tractor ruts in a city yard), re-sod, build raised beds, and an arbor. my wife specializes in the plants and is going to do all the plantings in the beds. we are going to trim and prune all the trees and shrubs. this is an older house with established plants and will be beautiful when complete. besides the money we live in a small town and this will be great advertisement and word of mouth. thanks to everybody for all the tips and help ( i probaly have read all the posts before i had the nerve to try this).