Working that amount is crazy. When I set my business up, I wanted "family" time, and came up with mowing Mon-Thurs, leaving friday and sat open for rain. If it doesn't rain, then we do our upsells-mulch, shrub trimming, etc. I'm not the best at giving advice, I did things backwards and took a HUGE risk. Hopefully I can help a little. Are you financially OK with stepping back and letting them take over? Your payroll is going to go up with them covering for you, which may mean less money for you. You'll also need to buy another truck for them. If thats the case, you can fill their schedule and you pick up the slack on the rest of the work you would otherwise be turning down. A key thing to remember is they will never do the work as you do...quality and time wise. If none of that will work out for you, maybe look into efficiency and reschedule/readjust what your doing now to add more lawns per day with the crew you have until you can save enough to step back. Don't get too caught up on your employee's. If they like working for you and like their jobs, they will do what they need to make money. Whether they pick up second jobs, weekend jobs, spouse makes enough where they don't have to, in college, it doesn't really matter. The off season is the same as well...I had one guy who became a bartender. He applied for the job a month before our season ended. I think my best advice would be to get another truck, keep the 30 hour employee working 30 hours, and send someone out with him. You pick up the extra slack, get another helper if you need it. This way they are only working 30 hours, so you can get a feel for it, adjust accordingly on things, change policies of need be, and fill their schedule. Worst case, if it doesn't work out, you can go back to doing what you are now. This year was my first time sending guys out on their own. It's been quite a challenge, but I have everything dialed in to where it should be. For example, I started out paying hourly, caught them milking the clock like crazy. They really had the "I'm in it for me" attitude. After I changed them to incentive (Commission based off the daily sales of the route), the BS stopped. I had a turnover in crew, fired one guy after 5 days, and have a new crew. Wouldn't change it for the world. If you decide to step aside and let them take over, I'd suggest starting it next year. With the season half over, you can make policies/procedures and work on everything in the off season. That way you start fresh next year with a gameplan in place.