This for 2007 has become my largest fought issue. This is my first year full time in this business, meaning i have no other "desk" job anymore and can dedicate 5+ days a week to this business 7am-7pm or more. Last year, i had my brother help a day here and there. Now im looking to possibly hire him FULL time. I just hired my first employee "part time" but for a few weeks, hes been working with me ~40hrs a week. Problem is, now that im a "boss" i need to be with him almost all the time to make sure hes doing the right things, and its causing me to not be nearly as productive as i once was alone. Suddenly this week with Memorial day weekend, i dont really have any landscaping lined up for this whole comming week, until i cut lawns on Thrusday and Fridays so I really have no work for my "part timer" besides the two days. When i do get these large landscaping jobs though 10-20k in work, im swamped for easily a week. I feel like i need 5 employees not just myself or 2-3 guys total. How are the other companies managing their possible inconsistent workloads/jobs with more employees 2-5? Do you pay them strait pay of 40hrs a week for a seasonal "salary" base or by the hour "part time" with no guarantee of hrs per week? What is done in the winter/fall/spring when work is not as in demand as the summer months for landscaping and lawn care? I know i get leaf cleanups etc, but those last a few days and im done. Its not nearly keeping me busy all of October and November. Last year on the east coast, i went out for snow twice! Thats it, there was nothing so how do you manage any extra employees with no winter work?