I have been in the greens industry for 10 years, working for someone else. Last year Feb 05 I was able to purchase 48in exmark lazer z hp, 36in lesco walkbehind, 8x12 trailer and small route ($1050 wk) for $6000. Great price I think!!!? Anyway...... I have expanded this route over the year and thinking about hiring and employee this comming year. Finally my ? is--- After I run the #'s on employee expenses ie salary, ins, cost of more equipment ect.. HOW MUCH SHOULD I (would u guy's want to) MAKE OFF THIS EMPLOYEE IN ORDER TO MAKE IT WORTH THE HEADACHES THAT GO ALONG WITH EMPLOYEES? I mow, spray, trim bushes, aerate, dethatch, landscape bed maintenance, edge, clean gutters and snow removal.