I don't know about anyone else, but here is why I am in it. I spent the last 6 years working for a mid-sized company that became more like an episode of survivor than anything else. Everything was politics. Nobody fixed much of anything, because nobody wanted to be associated with anything that was broken when the next round of layoffs hit. The more people we laid off, the worse the politics got. If you were one of the people who did the work, you were doing it ALL the time. A coworker of mine volunteered to go to Europe to help with a sale and he got stuck there for 6 WEEKS! That was through Thanksgiving and Christmas and the sale never went through! He spent all of his time over there trying to fix whatever problem the salesperson dreamed up, when the reality was that there would be no sale because the customer did not have the money they claimed to have. They were never qualified properly, but the sales team was not going to admit that. Every day was a nightmare. You spent all of your time covering your ass and trying not to piss the wrong people off. There were times when I spent the entire day printing old emails to prove that everyone was doing what they were told to do. On top of this, there were no raises for 3 years and if you weren't there from 7 to 7, killing yourself to try to turn things around, you were dirt. Sadly, even those of us who were there from 7 to 7 were still dirt, because we were the ones touching the broken stuff. It was horrible. I talk to people who are still there and it makes be sad. The stories I hear are the same stories that have been told for the last 3 years. The company had tons of potential and was going strong for a while, but management ran it into the ground. I'm doing this for two reasons: 1) I know I can run a business better than the people I worked for and I want a chance to do it and 2) I love working outside. I spent several summers working on a tobacco farm and I spend all of my weekends working outside. It's not just the people who are being laid off, it is the people who are tired of getting jerked around by their employers and are tired of working 80 hours a week for someone else and getting paid for 40. It's not just landscaping, either. I researched a number of other businesses before making a decision and they all had discussion boards like this and they all complained about new guys, lowballers and scrubs.