There seems to be trend in lawncare that bigger is better, more trucks out there with your Co. name driving around is better and this is where so many want to be down the road. There have been several threads about how members here have shipwrecked them selves chasing this dream went back to solo or bust. Many others admit yes they have employees but if they had to do it all over again they'd stay solo or keep their regular job and just mow a few lawns on the side. ....So my question is what list of services and operational practices is MOST conducive to the solo based lawn care model and manageable right up till retirement or semi-retirement? An emphasis on services that result in fewer life long debilitating injuries is also extremely important. Retiring at 65 from lawncare with multiple back surgeries, bad knees and living in constant pain is hardly successful IMO.