I am new to the site, but I think this place is wonderful so far. So I am hoping you pros can help me out. I am 24 years old and have been in the commercial lawn business for 7 years as a property manager for a large 240 acre retreat center in my home town. I have an associates degree in turf grass management. So I feel like I know my way around a lawn SOMEWHAT with that experience and education. I was approached by a great friend of mine, who owns and operates a successful pest control business, about adding a lawn maintenance division to his current business. He is willing to front me $25,000 to get started. I would pay him the loan back over a period of several years with money earned through the business. All he asks beyond loan repayment, is 8-10% of gross annual revenue. I would own, at minimum, half the company(haven't worked that one out yet). He knows nothing about the lawn care business so his ownership in the company from a decision making sense is rather silent. It would strictly be from a sell-out point of view. (How we would divide the money) He sees it as a great way to increase his business through me referring his pest control services. His ultimate goal is to open up a string of businesses such as this to create a full home maintenance network where he would be bringing a portion of all their revenues. I have had countless meetings with top notch businessmen in my area to get their thoughts on this and all seems positive so far from their end. However, none of these guys are involved with lawn maintenance. So I need some feedback from you guys. Please be brutally honest with me because I am looking at taking a huge risk here with a wife coming home from work and baby on the way. I don't want to do anything that would ruin me financially. I need everything from truck/trailer to string trimmers. So any advice on new/used or what kind of equipment would also be greatly appreciated. Thank you SO MUCH for your time and efforts in helping me out with this!!