If you have read any of my recent previous posts, you would know that I am fairly new to the ownership side of the lawn business. Although I have over three years (off and on) experience, I recently bought my own equipment and started my own business. Now that I am acquiring more properties and clients, I am a pubic hair away from having to hire help, as I have previously done work alone. Here is my situation: I have a friend, a best friend, who is bugging the **** out of me about hiring him on for a few days a week as his job isn't currently giving him as many hours as he would like. I know he would take care of my equipment and that I would only have to show him once or twice my own idiosyncrasies and he would catch on. But then again, most people would be the same way. My father, a very wise man that I look up to, has repeatedly told me to NEVER hire friends or family because they won't take it seriously and would do half-ass jobs and more importantly would slowly become unreliable because he is my friend, I wouldn't let him fall to the wayside. I take what my father says on this matter very seriously because he has had experience with hiring family and friends. Give me some feedback. Would you hire him? What are your past experiences?