I see this trend happening. I see a lot of guys who start out solo and work hard to build a reputable service and want to take things to the next level. I believe running an operation much larger than 2-3 people changes the role of owner altogether. Instead of being out in the field making the revenue and being a well skilled stealth lawn technician, they need to be a business man analyzing margins and labor hours. THey are so busy selling and managing the office work load that spending time doing the hands on things is not an option or even in the job description. I could explian it best by comparing most of us to True Green and many huge outfits like that. It's comparing corprate America to sole propreitor America two very diffrent life styles. I believe the resaon why many guys are scaling down is because we are hands on workers not desk jockeys.