I have an opportunity to buy 60 lawn accounts for $20K with $5000 in income. They are grouped nicely and in the area I would like to work. I am basically reopening a landscape/tree service business that I was forced to close in late 2007 due to lack of work. Our economy really took a dive and by that time I had gotten out of lawns and gone 100% tree service, so no bread and butter income to survive the low. (Yes, my mistake....) Anyway, I have a lot of experience in marketing my business and have had great success in growing my previous lawn business in a stable or high economy. However, I'm not sure exactly what the market will carry these days as I've been away from it for almost 2 years now. The other option is to put $5k-$10K into marketing and use the balance equal to $20K for monthly income while I build up to 40-50 lawns as my start point. I would be free to take them on whenever they came and just keep marketing every day. Can you all please give me your opinions and pros and cons you see with both ideas?