I am considering starting a residential lawn care service in the spring of 2002. I have located an area about an hour and a half from where I currently live, that currently has a high unfilled demand for lawn care services. The only thing holding me back is the fact that I would have to move, and also my wife and I are expecting our first child (due in October). I am currently a salesman for Frito-Lay, and my wife is a bookeeper for a small accounting firm. I have taken college courses in small business management, marketing, sales etc. If you were in my situation would you start the biz? What is the average possible earnings for a first year solo biz? Is 5-9k reasonable for a solo start-up? Any other information or tips anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time, this seems like an excellent website!!