My fiance and I have a very large business between the two fo us. This year we will do close to 90k in mowing and shrub related serviced. We can handle it our selves. I don't mind the endless amounts of work. I enjoy spending time with my girl and I love the idea we an make lots of money doing things that I love-LC-. I have decided that we need to hire someone just as an insurance if one of us become injured. Man, this is the most difficult proccess of deciding who had how much to pay some one. I thought of hiring someone form the unemployment office and release him next year. Then rehire in Spring. I thought of taking someone in and taking good care of them and rehire in the spring. I thought of hiring colledge friends and paying thier first semester in colledge. Then I thought of forgeting the emlpoyee and going back to square one. Some time down the road I will be faced with the enevitable. What are some of the ways that you large guys have transformed from do it your selfers to running employees? How do you retain them and what insentives do you give them?