I started in the biz 5 years ago when my son was 13. He is now going to be a senior in h.s. and things have gone well for us. It's truly is a great experience to work hand in hand with your son on a daily basis. He has concentrated on expanding the mowing end of things and currently we cover 62 acres on 18 different accounts. We purchased a 997 and 797 new this spring and kept a '02 725 grass hopper that we bought used in '03. I have been spraying all the accounts that we mow plus some others. I use the 725 g.h.with a Pro Lawn 11' shielded sprayer. The question I have is the guy that we used to hire to do our spraying before I was licensed wants to sell. He called me and said point black that he wants me to have it. He has been spraying for 44 years and has 385 accounts. I met with him last week at his house and he showed me the books from the last 10 years, account lists along with gross income from each year. When I left he told me to get back with him and give him a price. He told me that a % of what is made next year would satisfy him because he don't want any thing other than cold hard cash. He is willing to spread the payments out over a couple of years if I would like. Has anyone ever purchased a business like this? Give me some ideas and thoughts please! Thanks, you are all great mentors!