I have a delimma. Ive been in this business for at least 12 years now. Im 24 and should graduate next May from K-State with a degree in Horticulture specializing in Landscape Design. As of now, I only work for myself. I have enough clients to keep me busy about 30 hours a week (if the grass is growing....right now its just frying). I don't make odles of money, maybe just gross $26,000/ year. What I want to know is what are the best ways to expand my business? Is it better to just work for myself or take on employees? Eventually I want to get more heavy into landscaping since ive spents thousands of dollars learning about it from K-State! At this time all the advertising I do is a flat nothing. I kept it that way so I wasnt swamped with work while I tried to take classes. I mean I did put a classified ad in the newspaper Feb. and March of this last year. Most, if not all of my clients I gained from referrals. I charge $30/hour, which means most my lawns are between $20-25. I know it seems low, but thats the going rate in this town. I will be increasing my prices slightly for next year though. I will have two yellow page display ads this next year. One will be under lawn care, and the other under landscaping. I also have a website. I though maybe a website would land a few clients, but I highly doubt it will, but im keeping it regardless. http://landscapesolns.com Soon I will be having my logo, business name, and phone number pastered on the side of my truck with vinyl. Early next year I intend to mail out 250 (maybe more) post cards I had printed up to targeted neighboorhoods in my town. The population isnt great here....maybe 35,000 without the students, so I dont know exactly how large my company can become. There are already several well established lawn/landscape firms here as well. The equipment I own as of now is 2 36"WBs, 1 52" Hydro WB, a sulky to fit all the WBs, numberous reliable push mowers(all self-propelled), 2 FS80 Stihl trimmers, Echo blower, Echo hedge trimmer, Shindaiwa chainsaw, numberous crapsman hand tools, Deere 111/with snowblade (only used to remove snow), Snapper SX5200 snow blower, Elcheapo POS Canadania snow blower, Jackson wheelbarrow, Merry rototiller, earthway speader, 6x12 utility trailer with trimmer rack, 1997 Chevy K-1500, plus other kicknacks not worth mentioning. I spend a LOT on equipment in preparation for expansion. If I can pick it up cheap, Ill buy it One last thing.....I plan on getting engaged soon, and therefore I'll have to worry about providing for two people as opposed to just myself within about 18 months. I dont want to have to take on a side job to have to earn extra money! Any advice that you can give would be of tremendous value.