A big hello to one and all at LawnSite.com! I found out about this site through the latest newsletter from lawncaresuccess.com and I really enjoy reading and gather information posted here. This is my second year in the lawn business and have just purchased a new Exmark Laser Z (60" w/23hp Kawa) in order to keep up with and expand my client base. I have 25 "regular" clients and pick up 1 or 2 new ones a week through ads in my neighborhood newspaper and referrals. Like most of you I wish to watch my business grow, hire a person or two, and turn a decent profit at the end of the day. At the ripe old age of 40 (and doing all the work solo) I have found that 10 more clients will be about all that I feel that I can do by myself (all of my lawns are residential and between 1 and 1.5 acres). As a result I have become picky about the yards I take on (accepting about 1 out of 3) based on time, difficulty, and of course...profit margin! Any "tips" from you pros on the subject of hiring a helper (for the first time) would be greatly appreciated. Actually, any pointers that a new lawn care business could use would be helpful...especially ones pertaining to the pitfalls and hassles that should be avoided. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and especially to LawnSite.com for making this BB available...it is a real help to have all of these Lawn Care Professionals discussing the topics which keep or industry thriving. ....now if only someone could tell me how to make it stop raining for a day or two so I can get caught up...heheheh!