Here is a question we were asked and would like your thoughts on. "I know this gets asked a lot...so I will try and keep this brief. Never had a lawn care business before...been around lots of maintenance companies in 12 years...never owned one. Am considering it....here is what I have found: company #1 solo operated...55k per year in season....8 months or so....no snow work....basic mow and trim....bush trimming when needed is extra.....aerifiying and dethatching..extra as well. 52 clients....aerifier and dethacher included....basically buying goodwill and phone#. Price : $5500.00 Yay or nay? Never wanted to be a solo op..but I see it as a challenge....the extra income would be quite helpful...my business in Arizona is able to run without me for the most part...I can schedule and route from the field. no problem...do that now anyway. Perhaps the lawn care business is ready to be expanded w/ employees? Business #2 102 clients....2 employees...owner is absentee for the most part...wife answers phone...does about 80k for the season....most of that eaten up by employees i would imagine....but still profitable. All equipment needed to operate is included...truck/trailer...3 walkbehind xmarks 32"...1 21" toro pushmower....2 string trimmers...2 blowers....2 aerifiers...1 power rake....etc....probably not new equipment but usable.... Price $25,000.00 CASH ONLY. Or would it be better to buy some equipment and do advertising? My opinion: I would think that the solo operated business is perfect for me...small enough to get my feet wet and work it myself for awhile...see if I really want to do this...downside is that I would need to buy equipment. Upside is I could probably keep 75% of these clients...he is really talking me up to them and they seem ok with it. Maybe grow this business enough to hire some guys. Any thoughts? "