I just had a recent ex-partner approach me about purchasing accounts from him. We started this business about 4 months ago, two months into it, realized we had two very different business ideas. It turns out mine works better. I have been picking up accounts and he hasn't. In fact, he's giving up the lawn care business and offered to sell me accounts. One account is worth $25 per week and one account is worth $20 per week (based on my pricing structure). He offered to sell them to me for $280 which was too much for me and told him no. But that brought up a question that I'm not too sure how to answer... When acquiring accounts from another company, is there a general rule of thumb based on how much they are worth a week? Personally, I wouldn't pay anymore than a month's worth of mowing for the account. There's no guarantee that the account will be there in two months (unless of course there are contractual agreements).