I run a landscape business here in Texas and have since I was let go from Dell in 2001. Overall, I would say the money is a lot better at times then working at an employer. You can really start adding in revenue if you service commercial properties with year round contracts. A good year was/is >$150,000 in gross revenue while hiring some contract labor (which is the biggest expense). I also run a computer consulting business (better profit) on the side which brings some money also. The main problem with a business is that you are always looking for new customers or trying to get existing customers to pay. I still go and work the properties everyday or leave labor while I do service calls. It does get old to be in the 100 degree heat for 12 hours or more.