Good morning everyone. This is going to be a long one, but I appreciate any feedback that anybody is willing to give if you can stick it out until the end. I've been a long time lurker here, and just decided to make an account a few weeks or so ago for whatever reason. Just a little back story to the main story.... I'm in my late 20s. My father has owned a lawn company since before I was born. I started working with him when I was 12 when it was just us two and a few push mowers. He started growing the business in 2000, and he now has three M-F, 3-man lawn crews. I've pretty much been his right hand man since I can remember. Growing up, I've got to witness all of the problems that comes with the type of business and area that he (we) are in. I decided when I was in my late teens that he wanted me to take over the business, but I didn't want to because I see the headaches that he has. These days, I work 50-65 hours a week at a corporate job and have good benefits. After work, at least three days a week, I'm going down to his shop to repair equipment or work on small projects just to stay busy and help him out. I usually get Fridays and Saturdays off from my 9-5, and I will go out and help the crews get caught up (this year has been a PITA from the rain), or do mulch or other non-mowing jobs for supplemental income to me and to help him. It works out pretty "OK." It's been a pretty successful business even through the challenges. Now, he's going to be 60 in a few years, and he's burned out. He gave up irrigation and fertilization a long time ago, just because he couldn't find the help. This year is a tough one with trying to find help for lawn maintenance, let alone anything else that requires more skill and knowledge. The pay is on par with many (most?) of the similar sized operations around us, verified by employees that come and go, since he stays in good standing with a lot of them that have left as well. One of his friends works at a gravel pit. The pay is pretty good. My dad just put an application in yesterday for it. We are both really hoping that he gets it, especially me. He has been on blood pressure and anxiety medicine for 12+ years now. I'm 100% positive that this is what he needs in order to keep him in good health for years to come. Myself and many of our friends/family have feared for the worst for years now with him dealing with all of the stress. Everybody always says that it's his fault and that he's making it this difficult, and we both always laugh because none of them have any clue how difficult it is to find competent employees that are reliable and can do good work. I'm not making excuses, but he's spent hundreds of dollars on listings in different places for help this year, and have only gotten a few "greenhorns" out of the ads. I do know that if he wasn't burned out and actually had the energy to push ahead, he could really grow the business, but he doesn't want to and I can't say I blame him. We were both talking last night about what happens if he gets this job that he applied for last night. He currently rents about 8,000 sq. ft. of shop space, and aside from lawn/snow equpiment and trucks and trailers, it's loaded to the brim with tools/hoists/shop equipment and has plenty of spare parts for the vehicles and equipment. This next idea is either going to sound like the most ignorant idea, or a pretty smart one. We were talking about how awesome it would be to have somebody come in that actually had some "gusto" and ambition that could manage the place and possibly take it over eventually. None of his current employees have the knowledge or ambition to take this role. He has far too much "stuff" to try to sell it quickly for more than pennies on the dollar. He's had the business up for sale for 4+ years now, and has had a dozen people come and look at it. He's finally dropped the price WAY down, but has stopped actively looking for a buyer. His issue is that the customers are not on contracts, and we both get that. His other issue is that he does not own the building. We completely understand that there are two strikes against selling the company right there. To be honest, if somebody could come in that had at least a few people lined up ready to work, that would remedy a lot of the current employee issues. Obviously, what we DON'T want is for somebody to come in and run the place to the ground, or even start stealing. . If this did happen, obviously it wouldn't be my dad tossing him the keys and saying "good luck." The ideal case would be for him to train this guy on how he's running things and get him set up for success, and then eventually give him more freedom to make his own choices to improve the business. My dad would eventually like to get bought out and be done with the entire thing for health reasons and relationship reasons with his wife (my mom). What is everyone's thoughts on this? How would we even go about doing this, assuming it would even work? This could be a multi-million dollar operation in as short as one year if the right person gets in control or even (preferably) buys it and starts to do all of the services that he stopped doing years ago. He just doesn't have it in him anymore. I'm not looking for sympathy and I hopefully won't get any stupid comments from this, we are honestly looking for advice from people who have been in the same situation before or even have taken over a business. We want to get him out of this before it's too late. Have a good day everyone.