Hi, I am new to the site and have been doing a lot of reading and am wanting to open up my own lawn care service this year but have many questions for those willing to help. I just want to start off mowing/trimming. Equipment that I have as of now is: 2002 Chevy 1500HD crew cab truck Stihl weed whacker Echo blower PB-620 push mower from sears.. These are all things that are payed off and I have just for around the house usuage.. I have another 10,000 I am willing to spend before needing a loan.. I am wondering what the best mower would be to get to start off. We have two dealerships here. One sells ex-mark the other kubotas. I have ran ex-marks before for 3 years. The dealership right now has a 52in. Quest with a 24hp briggs motor. Not sure the year but is asking 5400. They also have a 2007 full warranty (5 hours) lazer z 60in asking 6200. Dont have any more info on them right now cause he said he would rather I stopped in. Everything else is 2010 equipment. Without anymore information right now would one of these sound like a good mower to start with and if so which one? Traveling is also an option just goin by whats in the area right now. My brother also owns a landscaping company and said I can work part-time until I eventually have enough work to keep myself busy full-time. One of my problems is i'm not sure how to go about bidding. And do I line up work with no equipment or do I buy equipment with no accounts. Would really appreciate some good advice on bidding. As far as advertising do I call local businesses and tell them about my upcoming business and feel free to call me about jobs? For instance there is a company that builds a large amount of condos each year. Or I could call the local renters. What are the best ways of adverising? Thanks in advance for any helpful information.