Hey, I hope everyone is doing well, or at least hanging in there after this extremely wet season, at least for the NorthEast. What would you do?...I'm looking for some advise. I'm 19 years old, started my business at the age of 15. I have been blessed to have such a great man as my father. He made an investment in me when I was 15, he bought me my first mower (Encore Z48) and with it I started mowing some neighbors lawns. Started out small of course and worked my way up. Every year so far my business has come close to doubling, went from 6 customers the first year, 13 the next year, then 25, and 48 the year after that, and this year I'm at 83. It gets to be very stressfull doing paper work; dealing with employees; making phone calls; maintiance; estimates; counting money, oh wait . In fact I've got some gray hairs already, but for some reason I love doing this. Anyways, the advise I'm looking for concerns education and schooling, not exactly my favorite thing but I know it is a good thing to have. Of course I've finished high school and went on to college (Rider University) for business. After 3 semesters at Rider I decided to take a year off and really put all my efforts towards my business to make sure it is the career path I want to follow. Even after this harsh year I still want to keep going. Anyways, the time is nearing for when I need to get back to my new school (Delaware Valley College) which is well known around my way for their horticulture programs. My concern is that I won't be able to balance my business and be a full-time student at the sametime. At this point I think it would be foolish to sell off my business and have to start over when I get my degree. My plan for next year is to actually increase my business as well, perhaps 120 customers. No, my quality does not get sacrifaced for quanity, in fact I do absolutely no advertising, all my customers are from word of mouth so I must be doing something right. The hard part is going to be finding the reliable, experienced crew that i need. Of course I would have to buy another mower too. Currently I'm running an Exmark Metro 48" and a Exmark Lazer Z 60" pulled by a 2000 Dodge Ram on a 16' trailer with room for one more Lazer Z. Also, I have plans of getting into irrigation, design, hardscapes, ponds, lighting, you name it, I want to do it.$$$$$$ Wow, I had absolutely no intention of writing such a long thread. Well my questions to all you guys out there with more years under their belts then me is: Is the education really worth it? Should I increase my business next year or possibly even decrease it to make school and work possible? Is there other things out there that I don't know about education wise? What courses should I take? I know I'm young now and working A LOT and it will not be possible for me to maintain this work ehtic as the years go by. Which is why I'm interested in education. I apologize for making you guys read such a long thread, then again I didn't make you read it. I hope it interested you in one way, shape, or form. I appreciate anyone who actually made it to the end of this thread, I know that time is money and money is time. Which is why I'm grateful for you taking the time and helping me out. Thank you in advance for any replys I may receive. Keep on mowin.........MOW MONEY MOW MONEY MOW MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also keep in mind that I have extremely high goals and do everything in my power to achieve them. So anything you guys write back will not seem out of line or impossilbe.