Here's the deal... A friend and I started up this year...he has a lot of landscaping experience, and im experienced in starting up several service based businesses, all of which are now self sufficient and/or sold. So the 2 of us do everything. We signed 35 accounts to start the season, and maybe 20 -25 mulch jobs,clean-ups, etc. We really fell behind on the extras once mowing started, so I subbed a few of them out. We mow 3 days/week...full days...and the rest are available for rain and extras. We are down to 4 or 5 extra jobs that need completed...and we'll be down to an 'easy' 3 day week...until fall. We advertised HARD for only 2-3 weeks,then really slacked off while we spent 8 hrs/day on estimates and getting everything ready for the season. All I have out now is a small newspaper ad. IF we finished our advertising plan the way it was designed, I think we could have added 20-25 more accounts. So, I expect we can add maybe 50 accounts next year if we try. What would be the best way to add some help? Do we fill the mowing schedule and find 2 guys to mow 5 days/week? OR do we mow, and have some helpers do the extras...mulch,cleanups,powerwashing etc? The downfall in this case, would be ensuring they have enough extras to stay busy...and i dont see that happening all summer long... spring YES, fall YES, summer....not so much. Another option would be to hire 2 guys...start them off mulching/extras in early spring...and keep them busy until all the work is DONE, which i suspect could be by this time next year. Then switch them over to a full mowing route, and my partner and I spend our time advertising, advertising, advertising, and supervising. Sorry for the rambling...but im lookign for any and all advice for this situation...im sure lot of you have been here before. YES, i am sure i want take on the hassles of a crew...staying small isnt an option...i dont want a job, i want a BUSINESS. ideas?