It's nice to belong to a large community like this to share all the info and experiences learned. Thanks for having me. Anyways, let's get to my story. First let me say, I'm not new to the Lawn Industry. I have worked for others before when I was in the late teens, early twenties and have enjoyed most of what I've experienced. I left the Lawn Industry to find a more stable and sustainable line of work with benefits, and thoughts of the possibility of finding my calling in life. Well, hospitality seemed to work for a good while, but ever since the attack of "9/11" the industry has had many short comings, changes, lay offs and disapointments time after time. Needless to say, I'm getting tired of it all. Just recently it was mentioned to me that the company may downsize the position I carry with-in the ranks so I should be on the look out for another opportunity. I wasn't quite sure what ship I was going to jump onto until earlier this year when driving around I smelled the sweet smell of fresh cut grass. "Man! I love that smell" <-- I was thinking, when I realized I needed to get back into cutting grass again. Sticking with what I know would be the best route to take after all. Figuring that even with a part time set-up, working for myself I could make as much or more than working hospitality. After all I was only making $21,000 annually(without bonuses), and that shouldn't be to hard to match or beat. Not to long after purchasing some equipment and making the plan of action, I got some mixed news. I'm going to become a dad soon! My heart sank a little, thinking what if I don't make it, and of the benefits I may not have when the time comes. Then again, it gave me inspiration to work harder, or at least for now to plan better. Here in Knoxville, like everywhere else it seems everybody with a truck has a lawn business. And like everwhere else the market is price driven, but quality usually ends up winning the accounts. Life throws alot of curve balls, but let's make the best of things. Wish me luck.