In my "opinion" I disagree with the above statements by Mr Stone. So if I am serious about making a living in lawn care, I "NEED" a license to spread toxic chemicals? And if I don't have one, I will not be able to provide quality lawn care? Tell that to the 10's of thousand guys out there making a good living providing lawn care without this license. I myself am happy making $80k a year (personally) with my unlicensed lawn care company. I guess you don't read our industry magazines showing working partnerships between lawn care providers and thier chemical provider counterparts. As for high state barriers, if you want to work for a licensed applicator for 2 years (I'm sure he'll split up his territory (and money) once you've past) and then pass written exams, etc... and so on.. I think I be more of a leader than a follower and find another source of good income in our industry even though because I don't have a license, I will NEVER get any decent high end jobs because I don't meet the fundamentals of a quality lawn care contractor! When your chemical fertilizers are banned in a few years and I'm out applying organic fertilizers, maybe you'll become one of us peon lawn guys struggling to get some high end jobs! I don't know if you guys know or remember Digital Computer? They laughed at IBM and the pc makers while continuing to make their dinosaur mainframes. Look where that got them!