This is for the ones who have been landscaping for a while. I am currently a police officer and making a little over 40k a year. I have good insurance and all the usual benefits. I work 6am-2pm but rotate my days off every month. My father and I have been mowing yards for 20 years in the same area and have good established customers. My father is getting older and he wants to call it quits within a year or two. He is already retired from Davey Tree service with 25 years of service. My thing is that I don't want to get rid of his yards and customers. They are great people and live in the richest part of the city. We have 18 yards in that part of the city and about 14 more throughout the city. What would any of you suggest as far as me taking his business over? Should I hire some people to take care of the yards and run it from the side. I only have 15 more years of service with the police department and cant really afford to give up the insurance and other benefits. Plus my first child is on the way. I guess I could take care of the yards after I get off of work, but if it rained I would be behind. Another delima is that I fly once a week. Just any thoughts and ideas would be great. I have always told my father to hire some good people and let them do the work and go from there. (He doesn't like to share his money, even with me) He only pays me 15 dollars an hour!!! El-Cheepo! Thanks guys.