yes....back to the original OP.....had to look back to see what we were actually trying to answer here "how many years and any tips?" was the question..... debt free 2 seasons. ran a lawn business 15 years ago (did it for 5 years full time). financed the crap out of everything because every dealer was willing to hand it over to me. 2 trucks, 3 guys, lots of equipment, cutting about 120 yds a week back then. Got out for personal reasons....sold it all.... Back in again, paid off my personal debt and decided to carry that to my own business again and simply be patient, patient, patient and grow slow and steady with continuous positive cash flow. Tip: patience, patience, patience. Tip: I thought I had to have debt to grow.........my business has no debt and it is growing nicely just like it did years ago.