I wish I could say I was retiring, but as a 24 year old who has served 6 years and spent over half of that deployed (I am on my last one now) and away from home I have decided to separate and return to my roots in landscaping. I started out as a 12 year old and did it until I was 18 when I enlisted. I wanted to share my plan with you guys and hope for some wisdom to make sure I am going in the right direction. Being in the military I like lists, so here is a time line. 1. Separate in May when I return and get a job landscaping(2 months)- I will be on paid leave for roughly 2 months in which I will pick up a full time job landscaping. I figure I can work on my skills while I get everything else together.( it has been 6 yrs since I did it full time!) The only scary thing is going from 50k a year to barely 30k...luckily it is just my wife and I and our bills are pretty low. We have a very low mortgage and have no revolving debt. She has her own business pet sitting so you can kinda see a common trend here. 2.Use my GI bill to go to school for Horticulture(6months-1 yr)- I already have all of my core classes completed through the military. I actually have a degree in electronic systems technology but I want nothing to do with that field anymore! The tech school that offers the horticulture degree has very practical classes that are all geared toward a lawn care business owner. They might as well call it a lawn care business degree. From small engine repair to turf management (both weak areas for me) all of the classes are beneficial. I will be going full time and hopefully will not have too many schedule conflicts. Also, going full time gets a housing stipend from the GI bill which will help greatly. 3. Sell my old Mercedes 380sl/buy a truck ect.(within the year)- I have slaved over that old Merc for 2 years and it should sell for about 10-12K. I have about 9k invested in it so it isn't a total loss for me. that will be enough for me to get a decent 5-8k work truck and atleast purchase a trailer and a mower. I will elaborate in a later post regarding what my research here has me leaning towards as far as starting equipment. 4. Website, insurance, LLC, intial advertising, ect (1 year)- Once I have all of this done the last thing I will do is send out advertisements and post craigslist, google map, ect officially going 'public'. I figure I will keep working until it gets too much to juggle them both and then i will truly set sail and hope I don't sink. This is my rough outline. I plan on breaking down each step to specifics as I plan them. I figure if I am going to spend all this time researching and planning I can get some good suggestions here and perhaps leave a resource for future lawn nerds. I am full of fear about the instability of this move but I refuse to spend my life working just for the money when I don't enjoy what I do. I know this move will make me happier, regardless of the outcome.