In 2002 I had a good year. I have a good friend who helped me for much of the season. I paid him around $12,000 for his work. However I realized how much time I was wasting picking him up (he was always 5-10 minutes late), and then stopping for a Gatorade, and then stopping for lunch. I figure around 45 to 60 minutes per day. And even though he has a college degree, he doesn't care about the work that he does as much as me. Therefore I always had to check up on his work and sometimes had to go and do a little cleanup behind him. About 15 minutes per day. Also I keep all of my equipment at a storage unit. Every morning I have to load up my 16ft open trailer and every night I have to unload. This takes about 40 minutes per day. It takes about 45 minutes at the end of a 100 degree day since I am dog tired. Every 10 days I mow a huge, weed filled industrial complex that takes me about 12 hours by myself. The next morning I have to clean my Dixie thoroughly and change the blades, etc. This takes about 2 hours. So this year I have purchased a 24ft enclosed trailer and am going to buy a new ZTR so I will avoid many of these hours. I also plan to not use any help. My purchases will total about the amount that I would pay my employee for one year. Figure that my equipment should last much longer than the one year and I will make out great as long as I can sustain the same workload. Just some thoughts for some of you guys who are reaching the limits of the solo business and want to increase your bottom line. Any comments are welcome.