all right, here goes. I have asked a version of this question before but now I will try this new, user-friendly forum..... I own a lawn sprinkler contracting/landscape contracting/sprinkler repair business with currently 4 employees. A 2 man/3man crew and 2 service techs. I would like to add a lawn maint. division. The possibility of having accounts that renew monthly is exciting to me. I have tried to shake these feelings against my better judgement, but I cannot. My question is, how likely is it that a lawn maint. division can be started without too much input from the owner? I do not want to be TOO, TOO involved with the customer complaints etc. I want to sell the jobs, do the jobs once with the crew and then just check in once in awhile. To do this I know I will need a very knowledgable, self-starting type worker to head up this division. I would like this guy to go on the routes and participate in them as well. Run the mower, make sure all is well etc. I have kinda run the numbers and it seems the profit margins are a little short of what I am wanting. Let me know how off base I am here: Keep in mind I will probably pay cash for the equipment and let's just pretend the equipment exists already for ease of computation. Foreman 600 per week Helper 320-350 per week Dumpster 100 per week Fuel 100 per week maint ??? advert/misc 100 per week Total 1250 roughly per week Keep in mind also that I will target neighborhoods that usually aren't targeted, smaller, less money, kind of a mow and blow situation as opposed to full scale landscape maint. The trimming of bushes/trees and fert. to be extra. AT the above expenses I will need to have rev. of 250 per day, I was planning on targetting 20-25 dollar per week yards. This is a lot???? I mean a lot of yards per day to recoup? 10-12 @ 20 or 25 dollars. I was hoping to run the crew 3 days to start and use the other 2 days to help contracting crew with sprinklers/landscape or do trimming on our accounts. Any suggestions or critique? Thanks in advance.