Hey, how is everyone? It's been quite a while since I've been on lawnsite. I had a small business in SC that I ended up selling due to an unexpected deployment. Well, I'm back and soon will be getting out of the Corps after 5 years. I'm going to be going to school full time and working in an unfamiliar area of Illinois. I want to start a small LCO in Carbondale, Il; part time at first and then once enough income comes in full time. Now, I have a passion for this industry and I think I've got some good marketing ideas and strategies as well as plenty of resources such as lawnsite. The question really becomes this: Is this a smart move??? I have a wife and son, no more military benefits and will be in an area that I'm not familiar with plus full time college (paid for by the US Government)... I'm not going to college for anything landscape related... I'm going for aviation. Aviation is where my true passion is and I really want to have a business in aviation one of these days. So, why would I want to start a lawn business? Simply becaue I enjoy the work, I enjoy the business and I think it's good practical business experience that I can take with me in the future. I have the means to start the business when I get out in May 2012, but I'm just not 100% sure that I want to spend that kind of money (probably close to $5-6000) if it's a business that I'd only have for a few years. That, and I know the sacrafice that comes with owning a business full time and I'm not sure if now is the right time to be executing such a business venture. I'll make a pros and cons list about it later, but I would like some feedback in the mean time. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated!