I have been a part timer for 17 years. Started when I was 13 actually. I have always "dreamed" of making it my full time gig, but the risks are high and my "market" is pretty heavily saturated. I have not followed much advice on dumping money on equipment I don't need (I am not big enough to justify $5K on a mower and I know it). In fact... since I started, I have only bought "Crapsman" mowers (I have purchased only 3 in my 17 years... two of which currently sit on my trailer and are in use)... I learned pretty quick that burnout (reached one time while mowing 15 yards a week, working 48 hours on grave yard shift and pulling 15 hours of class my sophomore year in college) and problems come quicker than anyone can imagine, so I have limited my expenses and overhead as best as I can (only "employee" when she can help is my wife). I am the person everyone on this board seems to hate. Two seasons ago, I was paying for a wedding, so instead of buying a new vehicle or even a trailer, I was the "scrub" mowing out of the back of a 1991 Integra hatchback.... last season, I bought my house (right smack in the middle of all of my accounts), so again, money was limited but I was tired of loading a mower in my hatch, so I pushed it around. This season, I bought a trailer (still using my Integra though) and life is good. In 17 years of part time work: 1. I have never had debt for my business. 2. I have spent no more than $2500 on equipment. 3. My main overhead is my time and gas. 4. I have only lost 4 customers (I have dumped a few more than that for lack of payment). 5. I have made friends with most "big shots" that mow in my area. I don't pursue theirs, they don't pursue mine. 6. I have no delusions that I will ever be a big roller in landscaping. 7. I still love mowing (I like the smell of fresh cut grass more than fresh kissed ass.)... I think about mowing while sitting in my office during "normal" business hours. 8. I still smile every time I read a thread complaining about us scrubs. I have seen it many times written and advised on this forum over the 5-6 years I have been lurking... but when you are ready to make it a full time gig, draw up a business plan... evaluate it objectively... and STICK WITH IT! There is no shame in being a small fish in the sea with the storms come. My plan... stay small enough to still enjoy spending time behind the mower while being big enough to make it worth my time. And thank you for your story... this is the second time I have read it... I thought I would post some appreciation for it.