I've always been one of those guys that loved the idea of having a business and working for myself, even though I have worked for an employer most of my working life. Last year I started the lawn care business, but only part-time. I work at least 50 hours per week at my job, so I have only really had 15-20 yards per weekend. So here is what I'm wondering... Is it realistic for me to replace what I have now with a solo lawn care business. My yearly gross is somewhere in the mid-$80's at work. My wife stays at home with the kids right now, but they will both be in school starting in August, and she likes the idea of doing lawn care with me. I have a 401k that matches 6% right now, and will go up a percent when I reach the 10 year mark, and another when I hit the 15 year mark. I have dental and vision insurance, and health insurance in which my employer will put $2,000 into my HSA every year. My job is pretty secure, which is a plus. But, I can't ever shake this feeling that I would rather work in my own business full-time. I don't LOVE mowing lawns, but I do love running the business. I like tracking the times that it takes me to mow the lawns and figuring out how to make it more efficient. I like tracking expenses and figuring out ways to cut back. I like finding ways to attract new customers and working on keeping the existing ones happy. I'm 32 right now, and I'd probably be nearly 40 before I could even really consider switching. I have plenty of debt to pay off (which is why I even wanted to start the part-time business in the first place) and I'd like to have at least a years worth of living expenses set aside before leaving the job. By the time I'm 40 my 401k should be up to around $230k, according to the online calculators. Is it realistic to come close to replacing what I'm getting from my job, salary plus benefits, as a solo operator (actually husband and wife)?