I will need to hire employees soon and would like some input on profitability/efficiency. I am trying to do a forecast and would like to know where I will be most profitable and efficient. First let me share my thoughts... I can do 60 accts solo. At 61 accts, I need an employee. For easy numbers say 60 accts grosses $84000. 61 grosses $85400. Basically the same but I now have a $25000 employee. I have just taken a drastic pay cut. I will need to rapidly build to 100-120accts to get back to where I was. As is the case for every employee I hire. That being said... How many crews are most people running and how many to a crew? What are the break points to needing a new employee? Do you base it on accounts or sales? I know it is hard to be accurate without knowing my properties but how many accounts should I expect a crew to service per day. My properties are 5k tight Bermuda's and some larger fescue lawns. I have heard that it is common to pay employees based on 40 hrs/wk 52 weeks/yr. This is to keep good employees. Thoughts? According to my hypothetical forecast, It seems that 300 accounts with 5 full time employees is a fairly reasonable goal. It should gross a little over 400k. Less expenses, employees, and taxes it should net (not gross) in the 90k range. It's not Bill Gates money but it is more than I could make solo. I really do not care to have the headache of employees but at 37, I need to start looking at the future. Not to mention my wife is upset at me that I cannot go on vacation this July. How the he!! am I supposed to take a week off in July when I have 60 accounts to service? Thanks for reading.