TL-DR; I'm an extremely productive one-man op. I do great work, have a great image, and I charge accordingly. How can I smoothly evolve into a 2-man op? I have a compact pickup. It's great for my current op, but considering full size. Your input? What hours do you make noise? How do you know when to do a customer's lawn? How do you get bigger? (advertise/gain more customers?) I'm 23, and doing a one-man op. Previously, I was doing this just for $$ for college. I'm an entrepreneur at heart, and this pays a lot better than a 'real job' (how many times have you heard someone say 'when are you getting a "real job"??' lol). I had tunnel vision, but recently, I've started to pick my head up, look around, and pay a bit of attention to the bigger guys. Also, I very recently got access to some land to park a trailer and equipment so that helps. I'm now attracted to the challenge and interested in growing the business. At least try it out for a few years. I've started to wonder about things, even some really basic stuff (like, am I actually mowing the lawn correctly???). So I've got some questions: Advice on a truck? I know, age-old question. Has anyone gone really far with a compact pickup? Or with just a full size truck? No trailer? I have a 2005 Tacoma 4x4 4cyl. I enjoy my 19mpg, Great A/C and fantastic for my 21" Honda, 30" Exmark, trimmer, blower, misc tools. I pick the mowers up, and put them in the bed. No ramps. Also great at getting ~1.5yd bulk mulch. Prob will tow a 5x8 w/36" WB fine. Towing cap. is 3500lbs but... Considering a full size, but pros/cons list gets complicated. 07+ Tundras are $$$ (and f***ing HUGE), so I looked to the Titan. I love an underdog (Nissan), but the truck doesn't project well to me after looking at common problems. Just curious what truck people use, and what they think of it? I assume most use a 1999+ domestic crewcab truck. INB4 "you need a diesel if you're serious," I'm sure most don't even tow 3k. My 5x8 is 350#, 36"WB is 400#, 21" is 130, 30" is 170, blower, trimmers, etc ~100# at most. Accounting for a larger operation, if you have a 500# trailer, and 3 big mowers (say, 3x600), that's still barely pushing 2500#. What are your hours of operation? How early and late are you comfortable working/making noise? How do you organize your scheduling/rotations? An electronic/software method of alerting you "Hey, it's Monday, go do Sally's lawn"? I use a desk sized calendar and write everything down, then just look to see 7, 10, 14 days since I did John's lawn, then I remember "John is a weekly guy" and add it to the list. How did you make the jump from a 1 to 2-man gig? I'm at that point now. Currently working ~70hrs/week. With 2, I'd get more done, but worried about the "learning curve" with a new guy. It would be learning for both of us, as he would have to learn my method, but also I would have to learn how to teach and manage. I'm not a perfectionist, but I'm detail oriented. I provide a certain "environment". Friendly, careful, college student image, reliable, always have a minute to talk, etc. I want to clone myself, not pick up a 30y/o laborer from Home Depot, but maybe I'm wrong. I know those guys are very hardworking, I've been jealous for years of their work ethic, but it's not the image of direction I want to pursue. I feel like that's an extremely saturated operation in my area. Considering my brother, but he's 16y/o, overweight, lazy, and never even touched a lawn mower in his life.... To quote Fight Club - "A guy who came to Fight Club for the first time, his ass was a wad of cookie dough. After a few weeks, he was carved out of wood." How do you advertise/get more customers? I want to 'cluster' my clients if possible. Do you take 5-10mins and knock on neighbor's doors when doing a lawn? Will add more questions later. Funny how I've had 10 of them swimming in my head for days, but when I sit down to type them out, I struggle to remember 3!