So heres the thing I got an offer from another lawn care business owner/friend to consolidate and wanted your opinions on what to do? Heres the story: Last year was the start up year of my lawn care business, previous to that I worked for the guy that wants to consolidate for 5 years. At first working for him he was involved everyday. As the years went on he became less involved and put the work more on me. By the 5th year I was running everything by myself everyday, while he was a full time paramedic. This got old because I had no reliable help, and I was responsible for everything while my boss was making cash off me. After the year was finished out I told myself there is no way I'm going back and working for him. This led me to starting my own lawn care business. Last cutting season was my first year in business on my own. I did fairly well ending up with 16 accounts and grossing about 14,000. I enjoyed working for myself, really enjoyed it, u can't beat being ur own boss. So now my friend and old boss is calling me and wanting to go talk to a lawyer about consolidating our businesses. The only way I can possibly see myself doing this is if it is 50/50. He is not well established cuz he doesn't market but I am getting to be established in my area. My equipment consists of a year old Redmax tirmmer, year old Exmark Metro 48 inch HP, a Redmax Blower, a 1994 Ford F-150, and a small trailer. This year I plan on buying a 14 foot trailer and an Exmark rider. His equipment consists of a 14 foot trailer with a jungle jim caddy, a 2000 52 Bobcat rider, a 2003 Scag 52 Hydro WB, and a 1998 48 John Deere Fixed Deck WB. He hauls this with a 1999 4X4 Chevy Silverado. He has 18 accounts and a 16 acre cemtary. Should I give him a counter offer? If so, what? Also I know I will be working more than him so how should we get paid? A fixed hourly income?