When you are working in the field you are only making $12/hr! Now the $12/hr is just an arbitrary number to represent what you would pay a laborer or foreman, your cost may be more or less. It took me years to realize that when I was still in a truck I was only saving myself what it would cost me to put someone in that position. My skills were much more valuable RUNNING the business. Marketing, doing estimates, managing the work and employees. I know especially for lawn care, potential customers dont want to wait until that night or the next day for you to get them an estimate. When you cant jump right on that estimate you are taking the chance of losing the job and costing yourself money because you are out in the field mowing making $12/hr. If you want to grow your business, get yourself out of the field as soon as you think you can afford to. For me it was between year 2 and 3 when I made the jump. Im old now, lol so I cant imagine being in the field again but then again I would only be saving myself $480/wk plus txs. I dont claim to know it all, but I just wanted to share my view on this subject.