A seemingly great opportunity has come my way and I want to make the right decision. First off, I'll give some background. I have owned my Commercial/HOA Landscape Maintenance company for 15 years. we are going to gross just under 1m this year and I net about 125k. I still have a lot of debt from back taxes that I am paying off, total debt is right around 100k. I am paying about 4k per month on it. We rent our home and have an opportunity to buy the last house we lived which we loved and want to die in. We can't buy the house until spring though. Over the years, I was passionate about growing this company however, in 2014, I doubled in size and bought a project car. During the last 4 1/2 years of restoring the car, I also began changing the way I run the business. I wanted to have more time. So I have been hiring "Operations Managers" or moving people up from within. Up until January of this year (2019) I have not found anyone worth a damn. It has been such a struggle that I really want to wack away from Landscape Maintenance. Obviously with the kind of money I am making, I can't just "walk away". 2012 - I got my pesticide applicators license in CO. I had to test 3 times! Ever since I got it, I have been ultra proud of it. Maybe it's because I never got out of the tenth grade and I feel like I am part of an elite group, I don't know. Once I got my license, noticed almost immediately after buying my 5k spray rig that it sat around most of the season unused. This has always bothered me. Almost right out of the gate the thought has spun through my mind that I should start a Lawn Care company (my definition of Lawn Care is "Spraying/Fert". It has just never really panned out financially. This year, I started getting a lot of calls for it from residential home owners. They were going off of my website which is not geared toward it at all. So I took the clients on. We only have about 10 or 20 but I love the simplicity in it. Truthfully, I am fairly miserable doing Landscape Maintenance, the politics has ruined my outlook on this business. HOA's are enough to make your head spin. So the thought of doing resi work with a high margin has really started to turn me on over the last few years. I like getting paid for what I do and not have to be haggled for every dime I can be haggled for on a daily basis. 1994 - I go to work in the green industry at a Landscape Maintenance company where I stay for 8 years. There, I learn most of what I know today. They were also like a second family. I left there because I felt that I needed to make more money because my daughter was born (2003). I didn't, for a couple years. 2018 - I decided, that in 2020 I would launch a new company on my own with no money except for a 16-20k marketing budget. I have spent a lot of time planning things out on "paper". The numbers are impressive. I have the guy and all of the equipment and I don't need any money because I am already getting paid from my Landscape Maintenance company. This would allow me to dump the profit right back in for immediate growth. I plan on doing that for 3 - 5 years until it is "safe" or established. We would be vulnerable to financial problems since I have no real capital to put into it. Two weeks ago - My old boss contacts me. I have been in touch with him over the years, we do lunch a few times a year and shoot the breeze. He does over 9m a year. He approaches me about my Lawn Care company idea and asks me if I want to partner with him. He says he has 200k he wants to put into it and I run it. He wants a 50k residual from it and 60% ownership until he no longer has to invest and gets his money back. Once that happens, we can reverse the ownership split. we have met twice and I am getting closer to making a decision. Numbers - I wouldn't make a dollar for about 2 - 3 years. He would get his 50k starting the second year. He would put any amount of money needed into it to continue growth and or expansion. Says he would have no plans of wanting out any time soon but that I would buy him out when the day comes. That is really the only parts that scares me, a buy out, especially if I don't have the money. I am sure I could finance my end but damn, I have to go back into debt for that. This guy is owner of 5 other businesses. I have met two of his partners, they are pretty damn happy. What should I do here?