I have an opportunity to take over another LCO's route. I already have enough customers for me to handle. I want to expand but I didn't have very good luck with employees. I will have enough equipment for two crews but I was thinking I could sub-contract someone to cut these other properties and basically rent them my equipment. For instance if he grosses $1500.00 a week, I would charge him $500.00 a week for the use of the equipment. This is just an example. That way he has an incentive to get his work done faster, he isn't paid hourly. He would be responsible for maintaining the equipment as well, so hopefully he would take care of it. The numbers will probably be different . I was thinking I could charge him about a third of his gross, so if he adds more customers we would earn more if he looses customers we lose money. I guess I would still have to pay for the insurance but he would be an independent contractor. Would this idea work? Has anyone tried this or is this crazy thinking?