In the thread about the guy hiring someone to cut take care of his lawn the Firefighter took a lot of grief. It was assumed because he was taking cash he was not declaring it on taxes. It was also assumed that because he had decent full time job, he offered something less that quality service on the lawns. So, my question is why the hard feelings to those that do lawn care less than full time? I am licensed and insured for everything I do within my state. I have business insurance on my vehicle and liability insurance for my business. I declare every penny that I make, be it cash or check. I invoice and give receipts for every transaction, even to the guy that stops me and asks if I'll do his yard for him "just this one time". Now, because I've got another job which provides retirement and health care, I don't need my lawn business to provide that. Since I've got another job, I don't worry about my house payments, etc. But none of this means I don't offer the same quality of service that any other company offers. Lawn care is the best part time job I could ask for. I bill $400-500 a week for 10-12 hours of work. Now, roughly 20% of what I make is set aside for expenses (insurance, taxes, future purchases, etc) and it covers those very well. So I am making $320-400 a week after expenses. But that is not the best part. I'm also able to deduct certain expenses on my taxes. A percentage of my truck, my cell phone, a percentage of my home mortgage (for office use and trailer storage) etc. Something I can't do with most other part time jobs. Providing lawn care is the best part time job I can imagine, but I can't see it working as a full time job. Because even though I can project out a decent billing for 45 hours of work, I'd have to increase expenses that are now covered elsewhere, which would increase my overhead tremendously and I would have to raise my rates accordingly. Therefore, don't get upset with me (or any other part timer in this business) because I can do the same job as the full timer for less, because my overhead is less. BTW - this is why I target upper end townhomes. This is a market that the full time LCO's in our area find difficult to target because it their cost is so high it prices them out of the market, but since I don't have their overhead, my cost are considered "reasonable"