I have ran my part time lawn service by myself for four years now, using help on large storm/fall clean up jobs when I need to. And have been happy making some extra cash and the satisfaction of having my own business (even though it's small) is a nice thing. I really had no plans to expand until either I have kids and they are interested in the business or until I retire. Right now I can pretty much "pick and choose" my accounts-thats kind of nice. Yesterday I was informed that a newer villa developement in my city was unhappy with last years lawn maintenance provider and they are looking for a new lawn service (preferably a smaller lawn service). It seems the first company really took them for a ride on pricing and service. There are 31 lots as of now (all small) and a fair amount of common area to be mowed. I sub all my fert/weed control out and mulching and shrub trimming would be done on an individual basis if desired. I'm trying to decide if this would be a good thing for me. I would definitely need get at least one more large mower (I only have a 48" Great Dane and a Honda HRC 215 19") and I would also need a person to help me do this account-I'm fairly sure myself and another person could handle it in a day. An account of this size is really hard for me to bid. I talked with them today and their board meets Dec.29 th to make a decision for next season's lawn maintenance. I can work up the bid by then, but should I bid it low to make my move up (he said they would probably go with the lowest bid). I would probably also have to get a bigger trailer and drop several of my other residential accounts that are spread all over the city. This seems like it would be a nice account (snow removal next year? etc.) but you guys have all the expierience with these bigger accounts-what do you think?