There is lots of good advice in this thread for solos. For me, the most important is to be productive and efficient. This means having the right equipment at hand, ready to go every day. PM work is important, and is done off-work hours. Last season, I think I lost only one working hour because of an equipment problem. Organize tools and equipment for easy access, trying to have everything you need for a quick repair, including some basic repair parts (e.g. belts, zipties, wire, tape). Pack a lunch, use the minimum time to eat, and then keep going. No breaks. Water in coolers. Tailgating works well, with a stadium seat. Or, the ZTR seat, under a shade tells makes a quick, good lunch spot. Never drive to a special place to lunch. Never stop at a store when on the route for food. Sometimes, stop at a hardware store, or dealer, if on the route, for supplies and parts, but most are ordered online, delivered to the door. Work steady, set goals for time, complete the jobs when on-site eliminating road time to return to finish. Layout larger block of time for jobs requiring the entire time for the job, such as bush trimming, leaf cleanup, etc. Be prepared for some late evening work to finish, keep schedule. Take social commitments off the schedule, April 1 to Thanksgiving. Keep chit-chat to a minimum, but make a point of speaking to a customer every time the opportunity arises, even if a simple "hello." Keep the relationships strong, and let the customer know you are interested in them as people. Make infrequent, but necessary trips to the bank (2X/month). Do not keep checks long after receipt. Use QB or other software to minimize the time required to keep records, and do all the admin work at a time when you cannot be out working. Keep all records up to date EVERY night, work, receipts, banking, etc.