Okay to start, im tyler. Got a pretty long story but here it goes, so been in landscaping either doing my side stuff or mowing for others for about 7 years(im about 20 but skipped some school and worked-only about the last 4 years full time). I went off and worked for everything from one truck companys to a company that had 100, was cool to see the difference in size and operations. So anyways ive done mowing for a majority of time and only took one year out of that doing patios, irrigation, landscaping design/install for a another company in my area, in the summer/spring of 2013 i ventured on my own bought more equipment, a larger truck etc and kept growing to roughly 65 accounts, before anyone judges that number i had a couple city houses that ive been working with my father with to take over, with me making that transition i picked up more houses early on in the season and expanded what accounts i had been doing part time, so bought a demo lazer off a dealer and a f250, refurbed my trailer, bought some more handhelds and fixed alot of broken **** this winter i subbed what small snow work i did have to avoid wear on my truck for the first year. this year i need to expand, greatly, i plan on getting a tandem axle trailer before mowing starts, some more blowers, whips, edgers, possibly a second lazer if i can do some landscaping before the grass grows. This is where the story takes a turn, im looking into being a full time firefighter, by that definition working 3 24 hour shifts a week if not more depending on the situation, i was approached by a friend of a friend who had near my experience level about being my partner which in my opinion would work out great with me being gone, snow when im at work.......so a month ago he decides he is going to not going to reply/respond to my calls. Questions i have: Do i abandon a partnership with him and try to find a more of a 'right hand man' to cover **** when im gone or find another partner? I need commercials, i know where the money is at, just in my previous experience i was never put in the position of sales. How do i go about bidding for sub divisions, commercials etc? Lawn Software, looking for anybodys input on what they use, like i said with me being gone im not sure how i trust the old 'clipboard' way of doing paperwork. Insurance, last year i was legit but not insured(all customers new and i took responsibility for anything that should happen-nothing did happen) What kind should i look into for a company with employees? Training, with me being at the helm for the year many guys didnt get use in on the zero turn and one guy never used the wb either, i know the whole throw guys on mower training and hope they figure it out but wondering if anyone on here trains there guys or not, just curious. If anyone is still reading thanks and have a good season.