Let me start by telling a little about myself. I've been lurking here for a while and I know that there is a lot of great info here. I'm 27 and I am a cube dwelling desk jockey. I absolutely hate sitting in a crummy office all day when the beautiful Florida sun is staring at me all day. Not to mention the fact that I hate working for "The Man" and am willing to work as hard as necessary to make something for myself, my wife, and our future kids. I am thinking about starting a biz with my nephew as a 50/50 partner. My goal is to start small on the weekends with my '94 Suzuki Sidekick, a small utility trailer and gas powered blowers, edgers, and weedwackers that I already own. I will probably borrow my father in laws riding mower until I feel confident in purchasing a big mower. From there I would like to go part time and then eventually quit my big corporate job which of course would require me to give up my health benefits, paid vacation, 401K and salary (around 35-40g a year). Although I like the security of my current job I really like the idea of the freedom of my own business, the sense of accomplishment, and the outdoors. My basic question is do you guys/girls think this is something I should pursue or am I risking too much by having a partner and potentially leaving a good job? Is it possible to have a partner and still make good net profits. (We would probably venture into other businesses later eg: Pool Care, Fertilizing, Pressure Washing etc. ) Also does my cheap set up sound ok for just doing a couple of lawns a week while I get used to the biz? I already have some family members that have agreed to let me work for them. Thanks in advance!