I've been doing freelance landscape work since last December to earn a few extra $$$ to finance my equipment habit. After several months of good hard work for loyal customers, I earned enough to: - put up a small shed to hold my stuff - buy a couple of pieces of equipment on my wish list - get some safety gear (like boots for example) Growing season is over, and my wife and kids actually miss me when I go out on lawn jobs directly from my day job and don't come home until after dark. I am hanging up the trimmer and leaving the landscaping work to people who deserve & need the money more than I do: legit licensed lawn services and maybe some neighbor kids who are willing to push a mower for $25 bucks, which is pretty much all I charged even with string trimming, edging, and hedge trimming and clean up thrown in. This all started with charity work where I volunteer to do something in the community 'cause I have equipment most homeowners don't. A couple of the recipients of my volunteer services were all but begging me to do it for money, I refused for a awhile but finally gave in. Since they needed the help to begin with I didn't have the heart to charge them what I thought the commercial services are getting. Anyway, I feel good about what I did for other people, and earned a few bucks the hard way. I have huge respect for people who do this for a living full time, it's real hard and you won't get rich at it. I will keep up the charity work now and then just to keep the Stihls exercised. For the record: I NEVER did tree work other than a little limbing with my pole saw. Real tree work is for people with the equipment, training, and insurance to do it right and they deserve to get paid properly for it. You can find me in my backyard splitting wood or in the garage fixing up my chipper. Stop in for a cold one.