Hey all, I have read many many threads on this forum and decided it's time to introduce myself. The name is, obviously, Matt and I work in Southeast Texas. I have approximately 20 yards that I maintain and to date it's pretty much "good ole' boy" work (ie: no contracts, if the grass isn't growing they can ask me to skip a week, etc). I have a full time desk job doing computer / internet marketing / web stuffs / anything else that's deemed appropriate (fixing iphone screens, etc). My typical day entails getting up around 5-5:30 AM to get myself and son ready for school when I have him, feeding the animals, and heading out to drop him at school. After the drop-off I rush to a yard and try to knock one out before my 8 AM (ish) show at my day job. Around lunchtime I sprint to another yard to fit it in (always late coming back) then work as usual 'til five o'clock then off to at least one or two others (soon to be only one with daylight hours waning). Throw in a few days of rain and I'm immediately struggling. I sincerely enjoy the work and feel a need to do physical labor, but at times it is hard to keep up and causes some turmoil at the homestead working so much. I've been toying with the idea of bringing on help so that I can step back and nurture the business to see it grow. I've been too busy to help it grow other than word of mouth and handing cards out to every person I meet.. I don't have enough to give a single person a full time job-- I'll be reading up a lot more on management software others are using (although I know I'm not big enough for that yet) , book keeping (also limited in that area as well) , bid/pay rates for yards and employees. I am a tech type, but also very driven and not scared of manual labor as I've done pretty much every job there is (in, under, and above houses). I want to see my endeavor grow, and want to do things right....from weedeating in the right direction all the way to irrigation/chem applications. Thanks for listening. I look forward to learning all I can. -Matt Lettuce Mow Lawn Services 'Lettuce Mow...so you don't have to!'