So, there was this thread in Lighting a while back... I thought there was something similar in this forum, but I can't find it. http://lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=244924&highlight=exit+plan I'm not sure what I'm going to do as my body wears out... hadn't thought about it much. Figured I'd prob'ly die some day with my wet boots on... But I got a call yesterday from one of my sons who is frustrated with the stress involved in his six-figure high tech sales job. I figured he was doing pretty well for only a year out of college, but although he is good at sales he hates all the time on the road (big territory), the cold calls, and the performance pressure. He's thinking maybe he'd like to come work for me and in so doing build up the business, meaning offering a wider range of services, attracting more customers, etc. where my strategy for the last 15 years (except where he or his brother were available in the summer)or so has been to streamline, avoid hiring help, and go it alone. I've talked about the pitfalls of self employment, including the effect of a down economy on consumer spending. I've watched other contractors expand their businesses in boom times and get locked into expensive equipment and property leases that forced them to cut back and /or into bankruptcy in lean times. So, basically, since I'm basically kind of risk-averse, and more of a tradesman than an entrepreneur, his idea to come in and expand the business and eventually take over makes me nervous. Have you involved your kids in your business or do you know anyone who has? How do you/ they work out a succession plan?