I just lost my worker of 6 years. I've been a 2 man crew, me and this guy from day one. I've tried to hire a 3rd guy so many times but they only last a week or 2 at most. so right now before the season, I'm completely solo. I have a budy of mine who has a route similar to mine, and has asked me several times about a partnership. I've always been uneasy about partnering up with a friend, as it is now, we help each other often (truck failure, equipment failure, worker failure, etc.). How do you feel about partnerships? partnerships with a friend? How would you combine 2 businesses together? Do I have to ask him before I give an estimate, and vice versa? If my truck breakes down, does it come out a the biz account or personal? I know I'd be pissed if my partner's truck needed $300 a week in repairs! How do you keep both of your paperwork consistent? What if one guys really pulling more then the other guy? These "little" things drive me to not attempt it. The biggest temptation is this.... between us we'd be cutting roughly 220 accounts weekly. He'd rather do jobs, and always seems to be behind in his lawns. I'd rather be cutting, and stay on top of my lawns, and loose some jobs because I can't get to them. Sounds like a match, just can't make the plunge... what do you think, go with my gut and stay by myself? Its so hard to find a worker I don't have to pick up and drop off every day. The horror stories i could tell you about trying to find a 3rd worker..... last guy, during lunch by a customers house, lights up a "funny cigarette", I could smell it from down the block! I once asked this guy to take over trimming when the customer wanted to B.S. w/ me.... he actually asked me in front of the customer,"....why, what are you going to be doing?" Keep in mind he was just standing there when I asked him. I wish I could pull it off totally solo.