Working for commercial lco's is nothing but a dead end street. I was once an owner but had to get out after Katrina, luckily I sold what I had to a close friend. I learned a trade and thought it would be the answer but it wasnt because I am cursed with liking this line of work. So i got out of the welding business and went back to work in the field as a foreman, it was nice to get back outside for the summer but the money just wasnt worth the hassle of being someones ***** so to speak. I tried a larger maintenance company only to get the same results with twice the hassle. So now I am at a crossroad, do I hit the streets and start over? I am back in school getting the Landscape Operation Management degree in hopes that I will learn something new to market myself with. I hate being told what and how to do things when I have been there and done that. I think I am answering my own question but the only other alternative is working for someone. I honestly dont think it ever work out after being an owner for those years and knowing what is really going on. I feel like I am dumbing myself down just to keep the peace because I am over-qualified. I dont mean to sound boastful about my qualifications but I want to know if anyone has a suggestion. I think every lco wants someone like myself but they are scared I or another person like myself might take over their customers and or business, plus who can pay their bill making 13-15 bucks an hour?