Heres the deal, For the last few years I have been strickly seeding new lawns and renovating old ones. I do fertilizations and areations. I have a pesticide license but dont do any spraying except roundup on lawn renovations. My problem is that everybody I seed a lawn for always ask if I can refer someone to cut or do pesticide treatments. I was refering them to another licensed LCO but he never seemed to do any follow up. I also see a lot of part time LCO's that really butcher my new lawns. I dont have time to do all these things solo. Cant keep up with the seeding now. I Have a partime helper, (inlaw) that also does mowing, bushhog and tractor work. He has a worn out Hus. walkbehind. We have discussed my purchaseing the equipment and him doing the operating. He suggested a 50/50 split. Which I havent done the math yet but basicly for my 50% I furnish the equipment and find the accounts, and he furnishes the gas, truck, trailer, and labor. Might be fair but....I can just see him using my equipment, unknown to me, on every $10 mow that he can find. My thoughts are more along the line of furnishing everything, (I have trucks and trailers) and just hireing someone to do the actual work. They report to my shop in the morning and leave everything parked there at nite. I could also use the new hire to help me with my seeding when I get behind and just keep the part timer a part timer maybe using him some for mowing if my new hire dont work out. Only equipment I would need to purchase would be a ztr, probably 48in or 52in, I already own a 60in mowing deck to fit my Ventrac and Steiner, 48in walkbehind, small push mower, good weedeater, and backpack blower. I probably would only use the Ventrac and Steiner for certain steep properties and for backup, I find them to work real well for mowing my property but they are a little slow to try to use mowing full time. Lets hear some opinions.