I may have missed it but, why are you STARTING your help at $12?
Are you including your share of his taxes?
If not, why not start him at $8 and have room to give raises etc...?
Where would your numbers be then?
I'm getting help this year, probably 2 workers.
My knee is giving me trouble and I just decided to become more of a manager.
Now, I can't do that with existing business so I have to get on the ball and get more next year.
Remembering all my departed friends.