I'll give my spin on my part time venture and a friend's whom I worked for. At max I had 15 mowing accounts which was great for me during the spring and summer months because my workload is light. Come fall it was more difficult as my fulltime job, which is never a 9-5, 7-3, 6-2 (you get my point), takes much time away from mowing. I was forced to cut on Saturdays which no one seemed to mind as the fall is cold around here and not many people are having outdoor parties. Everything worked great for the first 4 years as it NEVER rained on a saturday. This year different story, rained all the time. No one was upset but it just took more time from me. If you're single or married with zero commitments (children) then this can work out ok. So as of right now I am out of mowing for next year but will be focusing on just landscaping work. I have commitments from most customers to continue landscaping and landscape maintenance work (non-lawn) for them. We'll see how it goes. Now my friend I worked for years before I did my own thing has quite a different story. When I started with him we may have mowed 10-12 lawns and did about that same amount of landscape work, mostly at those properties but some stand alone landscape jobs. We mowed Thurs and Fri. His job is a 7-3 and I was free to work all the time. When I left 5 years later we were mowing about 25-30 lawns with the same amount of landscape work. My last year he brought on a second guy to help with the landscape jobs. The last time I spoke with him a few months ago he was doing about 40+ mowing jobs, 50+ landscape jobs, plus snow removal which he was doing from the start. He has 2-3 guys doing the work while he is at his full time job now but I know he is at every job when he can be. The man loves to work and save all his money. He told me he makes more than his current full time job, which pays really well, and I fully believe this. Without "needing" the money to live off of he has the best equipment and employees. Again he is a saving type of person and now lives on 5 prime acres with a new beautiful 2500 sq ft home. I think it's all paid for too!! Oh he has a family too. So it's a commitment and he always told me "You have to be in this for the long haul to make money" I'm upset that I need to stop mowing but I cannot give up a guaranteed income + benefits. Hopefully I can get the landscaping end fired up and be able to just do jobs in the spring and summer. I will never have an 8hr/day 5 days a week life with my career. So unless that changes I will need to put things on hold with mowing.