One thing not mentioned often "routes" and or business are for sale. I bought my first LC business in So California in 1988, and it was a huge success instantly. I soled it for slightly more than I paid for it when I moved to Bamaland. My current business has been built from the ground up. It literally took 4 years to get full and the winters are still extremely tough. No one has mentioned this, but you have to target customers that are getting too old to do their own lawns, get in real good with the local nursery even if you have to bribe them. I get the feeling you haven't found your true "nitch" once you do you business will come a little eaiser.