this is precisely why i will never be able to open my own lab, and why I'm perfectly fine managing them as COO or anything else. I only know how to run a $12MM+ lab, i don't know how to start small. The last two labs I did R&D or as COO were both $14MM and 12MM respectively, I cannot nor am I interested in a 30 crown a day situation with 1-2 ppl. I only know how to make a budget for a lab that has the flexibility to do what we need to do, not taper for a good start. This is why I always tell aspiring techs to work at small labs if they want to own their own lab in the future, and always dissuade techs at large labs at doing their own things because their perspectives are way off. I wrote a business plan once just to see what i would come up with. Granted I also had $150,000 to put down. But it turned into a $400,000 business plan and suddenly i was looking at a mirror image of what i was already in. Which would defeat the whole purpose. Maybe I don't get to pocket $8MM at the end of the year, but I also don't blink or think twice when I spend $250,000 on changing our servers and phone systems - or mills or printers.