Well, I've been working for a landscaper for 5 years now. I'm the foreman and am only bringing in 12/hour, no bennies. As I keep working my butt off, I think more and more that I could easily be doing this on my own and making good money that I feel I deserve. The company I work for does landscaping and lawn care. I myself, think that lawncare only would be a lot easier on the body over the long run and probably cheaper to start out with since I could get away with a HD pickup instead of having to buy a dumper. So I guess my big question is.....can I make a good dollar working solo and doing just lawns? I know there are some guys on here that do this, but how difficult would it be? I really enjoy cutting grass above the typical plant, mulch, and hardscape type jobs.....however, I do know there is a decent markup for such projects. Do you suggest I try to get work going on the side first, then expand? Is there any way to aquire customers in a discreet enough manner not to raise a red flag with my boss? I don't plan on stealing his accounts but I'd rather keep things private until I can break away. (if I go the part time route, that is) I'm at one of those points in my life that I really need to jump out of the mediocre paying, going nowhere job so I can buy a house, be able to afford a family, and not live check to check. Any insight to my ideas and questions would be greatly appreciated, and I am open to suggestions as well.