I am currently a solo LCO in Colorado and doing quite well for finishing only my second year in business. I am to the point that a helper (at a minimum) is needed, or possibly a two man crew, so I can focus more on making a business work instead of being a laborer. I am a full service business, from mowing to full property re-designs/installs. The thing is, I am not sure I want to sit nearly idle for 4-5mos per year with these winters. Too cold for anything to grow, but not enough snow to make buying a plow even worth it. I've been lucky with some off-season rock and hardscape work this season, but most forget about the outside until May. I run a "jack of all trades" landscape business, but may specialize in either maintenance or construction/installs, to better the efficiency of my future company. At this point, I feel like a chicken with my head cut off, running all over town mowing on Thursday and Friday, and doing install work and estimates the rest of the week. I know there is benefit to having both. The mowing brings in steady money, and the construction brings in the big money. But my concern is that each side of my services may be suffering, due to the commitment to the other side. I am going back to school, to obtain a construction management degree, and was thinking of making a move after I get my degree. I have seen conflicting info on Florida. Some are saying its tough making $15/yard mowing, yet others say its "LCO paradise." The going minimum rate for a residential account is $25/mow in CO, and about half of mine are increased to $35-45 depending on size. I am not sure if I can imagine making only $15/yard, after $25 being the norm. I know that is the going rate, and I am not trying to be degrading or belittling. I am just saying mentally that may be hard to wrap my head around. So my questions are: Are there any other out-of-state guys who have moved to FL, and love it? Can you make a good living ONLY mowing in FL? Like living in $250K+ homes in good neighborhoods? Any of you focus more on the construction side of the industry (installs), and how is that side of the business in FL? Good labor rates? How competitive? How is the industry since '08? I know the home building industry was crushed. Are you LCO's feeling that, with losing customers due to foreclosures? Can anyone give me an idea of where they were in their second year in FL? How many accounts? I know some don't like to talk labor rates and profits, but is anyone willing to tell me their true take home income? Not revenue numbers. Any input would be much appreciated. I would just like a clear view of the state of the industry, before I close up shop here and gamble on getting something similar going in FL. Thanks for your time.