This probably applies to companies at 5+ employees, in that 250K + range (perhaps a little less/more). Give some feedback on your experiences with a good (or bad) administrator. I've heard some of the reputable landscape consultants time & again say that a company hits that point when a good 15-25 hour/week administrator is worth their weight in gold, & that until they take care of that 'piece' of the puzzle, growth will be limited. I'm starting to see the wisdom in that. I'm no computer genius, & more & more I'm getting buried under opening mail, faxes, filing, photocopying, keeping website updated, data bases, mailing lists, the list goes on & on. We've used CLIP software for 4 years, & it saves us a ton of time & headache on the scheduling/billing end, but we're coming to a point where even that needs someone to baby it a little along w/everything else. Accounting and payroll are already taken care of, but still there's everything else. I'm guessing I've got 15-18 hours/week, & that's for someone fairly efficient who doesn't need a big learning curve. For those of you who took the leap, when did you do it? Was it worth it? Did the position pay for itself in freeing you up to get back into production, sales, and quality control? Any advice, stories etc. would be greatly appreciated. Also, place an hourly value on this position, assuming the person is GOOD. Thanks!