i am interested in buying an existing lawn maint business in southern california. The owner has been in business for 18 years, 80% commercial, all work is within a 30 mile radius, its ran by owner and one. The company does $8000 a month and nets $4500 on a 40 hour week, assets are $20,000. He's selling the company because he's moving out of state. Questions I have are: 1. What is the most I should pay for the company? 2. What are some important questions I need to ask? 3. What ins and outs of the company do I need to know to make a sound decision? 4. What do I need to know about the customers and what should i ask them about the company? My thinking is that I could start with this small but existing company that would allow me to learn at a small scale. I currently work in the construction industry so i understand manpower, equipment use, cost analysis, budgeting, etc.