So, I need some help trying to figure this out. Bear with me. I can mow about 15 lawns per day, solo. That's with busting my butt off for about 9 hours a day. When my former partner worked with me, we did about 20 a day in 8 hours. So, I'm thinking about trying to hire a part time helper this year. But, here's the problem. If I add a helper, from experience that's only going to add maybe 5 lawns per day in production. And I'm thinking that the labor is going to cost me around 80 to 90 a day, with all the insurance and comp and everything. Which leaves me about $30 to $40 in profit once I pay the employee (averaging about $25 per lawn, city sized residential lots). Personally, that's not that great of an upswing to me. If I were to be able to do 25 a day with an added worker, for about 9 to 10 hours of labor, that would be a little better. But my experience tells me that 25 a day is somewhat unrealistic, and averaging that many might not happen. In which case I'm back to the above profit margin. So, what should my plan be? Should I try for the 25 a day with the worker, and hope that we could do it? I was planning on 2 or 3 days a week with a helper, if I could hit that 25 a day it would be worth it to me to pay the worker. Should I move toward bigger properties where I can charge more and make more money per account? (I've stuck with smaller properites last year, yards I could manage on my own.) At some point I'm going to get to an equalization point where I'm making my max per hour, no matter if I'm doing 20 at 25 or 10 at 50. I guess I am just having a hard time figuring out this whole employee thing. I kinda think it would be better to run a whole second crew or send an employee out on his own, but I'm not at that point yet. Keep in mind I'm just talking about mowing, no landscaping or fertilizing. Any advice or help would be appreciated.