I’ll try to keep this brief but wanted to give a little background first. I currently work in the corp. world and have been at same company for past 14 years. I see the advances in technology and know that my position is not going to be around too much longer. Not leaving until the ship sinks but want to have my stuff together to at least try my own thing for a while when that day comes. I just can’t see starting over investing my time and effort again for someone else. Before my kids were born i did a fair amount of lawns on the side but decided to drop the side work so I could spend my time with my kids. My biggest question is what do you feel is the most profitable piece of equipment you have or in general where is the area you feel the best money is? I have a few friends in the business and they say that mowers are 2x what they used to be, fuel is 3x what it was when they started, and the price of maintenance is same as it was 15 years ago because there is so much competition. While I do see that being true i still see plenty of people out there that at least appear to be doing well in this line of work. I still have my equipment as well as several other things i didn’t have before. I have 19 acres so most of this i picked up just to make my own life easier to up keep my property. Here is list of what i currently have 2008 silverado 3500 1998 F800 single axle dump truck Hustler 66z Honda 21 Trimmer/edger/blower/chainsaw (all good stuff ex: echo pb8010, husq 562) ASV RC-50 track loader (4n1/brush cutter/stump bucket/wood splitter) John deere 870 tractor (land leveler/bush hog/box scrape) I already have a 7x14 enclosed that is pretty well set up for lawn maintenance and have an 18ft open trailer for the tractor and skid steer. I know i could make money with what i already have but just wanted opinions on what direction those who are established thought was the best direction to go as not to even try to compete with the kid with a mower doing cheap lawn maintenance. My initial thought was with my current equipment i could do final grade/landscaping for new construction. New construction is booming right now in my area but know at some point that will slow with the economy again so wouldn’t want that to be 100% of what my long term business model looked like. Any advice is appreciated.