I just wanted to get some opinions or support. Just some back ground first. I am now 31, and I went to vo-tech school for electricain. Got my Journeyman electrician, EPA, and Im NATE certified. I've been working for the same employer in my home town since I got out of school for 12 years now as an HVAC Tech. I do everything from residential, commercial, refrigeration, and some electrial. We are in a rural area in kansas and cover about 100 mile area around our shop. We are always very busy with the area we cover and only slow up a few weeks in March but otherwise always busy. It has always just been the Boss and Me as the techs and occasionally random helpers. Recently we have hired an additional tech fresh out of school. Ever since I started the boss has talked about me buying the business. I have mentioned I would, and he even tells everyone about how "someday I will be takeing over". He has just recently turned 65, had a few health issues, but keeps going strong. I get good benefits including 2weeks vacation, 5 paid sick days a yr, 401k matching, paid holidays off, and pays for all of my family health insurance. He has also mentioned he will give me $10,000/yr towards the purchase of the business. However, he said this a few yrs ago and did mention it again a few months ago but nothing is in writing. Also, several years ago he did take a life insurance policy out of me in case something happens and I cant buy the business and he has to replace me. He does not plan on retiring anytime soon. Maybe in 5yrs he says. He depends on me alot, even calling me needing technical advice and asking what he should do. He calls me into work when Im not even on call, and being the dependable employee I am I still answer the phone and go in. I have a very large customer base and alot of people call and ask for me. So basically I see no problem in taking over the business and being successful in what I do. Ive heard pros and cons of buying an exhisting business vs starting your own. I think I would rather take the risk of the exhisting business with the exhisting customers we have and the word of mouth. I'm just starting to think maybe Im crazy for sticking around to buy the business with nothing in writing and endless promises and being super dedicated! Im just looking for everyones words of encouragement or suggestions. Thanks!