So I started mowing lawns when I was 12, now 23 about to graduate college with no debt (woohoo!)....but now that I'll have the degree I'm not so sure I want to give up the service. Pretty much solo besides bringing in a brother or two for a large job, I do 60-70 lawns a week with a few commercials in there as well as mulch, hedge trimming, etc. Money is great. Now that I'm thinking of staying in the game and going full board, I've got a few concerns. 1.) Staying solo in my opinion is risky long term if something happens to me so I would definitely be looking to bring on employees. I've never worked for another lawn service and I don't really have a clue on how crew dynamics work. I'd rather not give up all the clients I have now to go work on a crew if I don't have to. 2.) What I am charging now is right on market for most solo/single crew guys around here. But when it comes time to start adding employees im sure my prices will need to go up...I've heard some guys who are expanding their business don't raise prices on current customers, they up the price on all new customers. Thoughts on this? My take is that still leaves quite a bit of money on the table, but they say they have higher customer retention because of it. 3.) Basically is there any good literature, threads, etc. out there that provides good info for guys in my boat who can't go work for someone else to learn the business side? 4.) My season has always been April-November (Michigan) and winter I would part time as a suspension tech at a local chrysler dealership. Do I need to get into snow or are there other services out there that can be profitable enough to carry over the off season especially once employees get involved?