I'm a self-funded searcher interested in acquiring a service business (HVAC, landscaping, plumbing, etc), but state licensing boards require that the owner of these types of businesses obtain an appropriate contractor's license. In CA, many of these require up to 4 years of practical experience in the given field (for many, a bachelor's degree will enable you to waive 3 of these experience years). I'm wondering if/how searchers acquiring service businesses have navigated these licensing issues?