First of all, let me explain my situation. I have had a small business for a few years now. Last year I expanded and currently have 50 residential accounts. I am also back in school (graduated from college in 2004, going back to get my teaching certification) and I am doing my student teaching in a few weeks, which is from jan 14 until may 1, monday-friday. I love the freedom of having my own business, especially this industry. I decided that I want to be a teacher and would supplement my income with my business. Before deciding to go back to school, I was successfully able to manage a full time job and have my business on the side, working solo. Well this is where I start to get stressed. Last year I decided that I wanted to expand my business, I bought a new truck (used one), a zero turn, and new trailer. I can easily get more work for myself. But I want to add an employee. I am looking for someone that I can trust and be confident in letting them go do the work for me when I am not able to. I want to hire someone full time, so I know that I would have to get enough work to make it worth while for them. Basically I think that I am just worried to take the next step with my business. I feel that this is natural to be worried about this. I have invested alot of time and money into what I have now and don't want to let it go. What would be my best bet for looking for a good reliable employee? classifieds? I have already tried word of mouth, and have exhausted all of the people I know. I think that I would be willing to bend over backwards for someone that is capable of doing what I want. This might be me just rambling on about a little problem, but I know that alot of you have been in this situation before and I want to know how you successfully took that next step? Thanks for reading this post.