Hello, I am new to this site as well as to the industry. My partner and I have decided to fully pursue landscaping business and I have a few questions. Regarding our background, my partner has a degree in Horticulture and around 7 years experience working for full service landscaping companies, most recently as a head foreman. As for myself, I have degrees in Accounting and Math, as well as a Masters in Computer Science and experience working for small (fathers used car dealership) and large corporations (70K + employee operations). I believe with our diverse backgrounds, we could be quite successful in the landscaping business. For starters before I came into the picture, my partner began developing work during his spare time (we both work full time) and acquired 25 lawn accounts last year, as well as a few significant installations (roughly $25 Thousand in revenues, $9 Thousand net) and one full time employee. In addition, we have purchased all new Scag walk-behinds, truck/trailer, in addition to a rental property last year, which also helps in bringing in regular cash flow, which I no doubt will be helpful in such a seasonal industry. Now for my questions: Currently, I have structured the company as a Limited Liability Corp, fully insured and compliant with my local municipality coding regulations. Have any of you had any significant issues regarding zoning? We are considering the purchase of storage/potential office space facilities and I was wondering how have local regulations faired for landscape contractors? Locations: What areas have proved most profitable for business? Cheaper storage lots in "lesser" neighborhoods, or have any of you found it beneficial to buy/build in more ideal locations? Essentially, has your location been a primary factor in your viability as a landscape contractor. In addition, we have created a detailed business plan, but I am finding it difficult to prepare realistic financial projections. What type of protocol have you followed in order to prepare realistic growth rates? Basically, what have you used as starting points for determining short/long term profitability? This leads me to my next question, what type of salary range have owners/partners of small to medium sized organizations experienced? What size operation did you have (headcount, revenues, marketshare, etc.)? Basically, I am attempting to determine an acceptable period of time until my partner and I would be able to quit our current jobs. Thank you very much in advance for you advice.