Well, my in-laws have a proposition for me. Since my mother-in-law isn't gonna be mowing for a contractor on Ft.Knox this year she decided to work for herself, so to speak. They are running a little tight financially and will not be able to buy the equipment themselves. I could probably co-sign for them but would rather not unless there is no other choice. They proposed using my new xt3200 and probably my blower (they have everything else) so they could start getting accounts now, rather than late June or early July when I get medically discharged out of the Air Force, well into mowing season. They are going to compensate me for using my equipment is what they mentioned. Here are my goals. I want this business to be mine. I do realize I would be starting in the middle of the season and would like a jump start for the business. Is there some way to meet my goals, maintain control of the business, and make money for everyone? I'm trying to figure out how to fairly help everyone, including the business. One place I feel uncomfortable about is that my father-in-law wants to keep it to mow,trim, and blow type of business while I believe going further than that. That's the only philosophical difference I know of on business. He would rather keep it very simple so to speak. Reason I know this is that he suggested I do that. I'm not gonna run out and get employees but want to offer more services than that. At least what I CAN do until, if I decide to, get an applicators license. My father-in-law can fix anything on a DC and can mow, etc. My mother-in-law can run a DC like nobody's business. That is valuable experience to me and it would be a shame to let experience from these two go to waste. Is there a way to mesh my goals and meet theirs and my needs? How should the profit be split before I get out, and then how after I get out and can physically help. (I do go down to Ky and mow on the weekends ) I want to keep this as simple as possible and I am looking to everyone's experience for suggestions on how to make this work. I can trust these people, that's not an issue. How do I make it fair on the profits etc.?