I agree $20 an hour is too much for someone with zero experience. Some one with experience can easily grade an area 2x, 3x, or even faster and more efficiently than someone with no too little experience. The less time the skid needs to run the less costs you will incure. Running the machine all day will cost around $85-$100 a day in fuel. Are you renting the skid? whats that going to cost you a day. Your brother in the skid for the week at 40 hrs, fuel and rental, will probably run you around 2k. You may be able to find an experienced, inexpensive, guy who will come in for not much more than that. Also, I would strongly recommend having guys on the books so that they are insured. If one of them get injured, which can quickly happen, especially on a site with two pieces of equipment running, it will cost you and the property owner much more. It can happen very easily, a laborer sees you coming and is concerned with making sure he is out of your way and he steps right behind the other skid with out knowing it. I know a guy that owns a pretty good sized excavation company, has 6 or so employees three 20 ton trucks, how did he finance his company? About five years ago he was working for an excavation company under the table and a bobcat operator put the edge of the bucket down on his foot. He lost half of his right foot, he got a hell of a settlement from the company but even more from the company who owned the commercial lot they were working on for not ensuring that contractors were properly insured. Also one last thought, when you have your company name on a public forum, I would not post about not paying taxes. It may be different up in Canada but on this side of the border we can get rewards for turning people in to the IRS. I know of a few companies who have gotten some money for turning in the competition.