Ive been in business for 7 years now and I feel like I should be further along then what I am so I would like to take a substanial step next year. I work by myself and I take care of about 60 houses. I let some go last week that were complaining about numerous issues such as cost and how often I wanted to mow. On an average I would say the houses are around 10,000 sq feet. The smallest being 4,000 and the largest being 3 acres. I have no problem at all getting them done with a lot of extra time to spare during the week even in the growing season. The services I offer include: Mowing Bed Mulching Gutter Cleaning Spring and Fall Cleanups Renovations Aerating Bush and Hedge Trimming Small Landscape Projects I use Encore walkbehind mowers, I have a 48 and 36. I have 2 3/4 ton trucks and 2 trailers. One single axle that is 12 feet long and one dual axle which is 16 feet long with walls. I dont do chemicals. I sub them out to a company. I have no interest in doing them either. I tried it one year. To much paperwork and red tape for me. My goal next year is to add about 30 - 40 new customers, upgrade my equipment to Wright Standers, buy other miscelaneous new equipment, and possibly hire someone to help me. My question is what is the best way to accomplish this and what can I expect? I'm ready to make the leap to an "employer". I'm ready to take on some commercial lots. I'm ready to hit the big time. To be honest. I need to. The last few years I've been flying by the seat of my pants. I've never really advertised surviving by word of mouth. But now that my family is growing I need to seriously consider the future. I make a decent living now. I gross about $80,000 a year but the cost of living is going through the roof and to be honest I dont want to be 65 and finally paying my house off. I want to retire early and enjoy life. Any ideas?