I guess I'd just like to vent here. If any of you think I'm being over-reactive, go ahead and say so. I know that I'll get the "worry about your business and no one else's", and I do most of the time, but I'm extremely observant when I'm driving around, and notice things... I see a lot of posts here to the effect of "well, I just want a little cash" or "I'm only cutting a few lawns, no need to pay taxes or get insurance", etc etc. Now, I haven't been in the business long, but I'm deadly serious about it, and want to be able to quit my regular job sometime next year if all goes well. I see a lot of these "hobbyists" around, with a tiny trailer with a craftsman rider and one trimmer, spraying roundup, etc. You just know they have no license, and aren't legit. They're not doing much better than covering their costs. Mind you, I'm not pointing the finger at all of these types. Some of them can only afford to start out like that, and I'm sure many have become large and successful starting out like that. So don't take that as a blanket statement. But I know they're ALL not legit, or insured, or paying taxes, or have an applicator's license. It pisses me off to no end, I've spent a TON of money, paid for insurance, an accountant, registered my business name with the state, sent a check to the WI PAT program to get study materials so I can take the applicator's test and get my license, bought the proper equipment to do a good job, paid for signs, paid for advertising, passed out and mailed hundreds of flyers, bought a computer and paid for an invoice program, the list goes on and on. And I feel like these LCOs go in and undercut and take business away from us legit types. I do realize that many of these types will be out of business due to not being able to cover costs, they get bored, etc. But I'd wish people would think before they dive in, and decide if this is just a fun little fling for a few months, or if they're serious about making this a career for the rest of their lives. /rant.