How many of you solo operators out there are supporting your family, have retirement accounts (IRA, Roth IRA) and pretty much know that you can be comfortable in your future by the way you are handling the important things if things go the way as planned? What is/was your back up plan if you get sick or hurt and have to be out of work for a while? I had a long conversation tonight with my girlfriend about our future and the topic of growing my business and not just being the only person doing all the work. I have thought about growing it anyways, but I also do like the personal touch I can give to my customers the larger companies can't give. I have landed so many accounts this year, and years past by just doing that. The homeowner/customer was sick and tired of the big companies, and even the smaller companies that still may have 5 -10 and even more trucks out running every day. I have been doing maintenance since I was a little kid in the neighborhood and just stuck with it through the years. I went to school and got a degree in landscape horticulture and then worked with a landscape company for two and a half years as an account manager and still did my accounts on the side. I am thinking about getting out of maintenance and doing nothing but turf care because I have seen how much larger the profit margin is. Do any of you guys that have been doing this for any length of time think you could support a family, send kids to school/college, have a good quality of life and still be able to retire at a decent age? I am 29 years old and still hope to have a good many years ahead of me in this industry and would like to know from the veterans on here. Any information is appreciated. Thank you.