More employees = Higher payroll expense Higher payroll taxes Higher work comp. premiums It has been such a revolving door this year with worthless employees, who think they should be making top dollar. Our list of work is huge, and our quality of service has taken a big hit this year for sure. THE REASON? Because I cannot always be there anymore. I have ONE very good employee, the rest constantly complain about the heat, need to get off early, have drug problems/personal problems. I am ashamed of the Caucasion race. THE SOULTION? Down size this sucker to about 80 quality accounts and fire stupid employees. To get this company down to just me and one, maybe two good employees. I could use the exercise. Currently, we are always behind schedule, and I am always worried about getting these lawns done within a one week period. Side jobs have had no chance this year, we are too busy mowing. I believe I can make more money by eliminating several accounts which are either out of the "tight route" and eliminating slow pay PITA accounts. I would like to know if anyone has faced a similar situation, and downsized, and been happier and made more money by doing it. I guess what I am thinking about is "re-grouping" and focusing on quality over quantity. On the other hand, I don't exactly want to be out in the field the rest of my life. I really enjoy the work - -but these employee problems, and especially the high expenses (taxes) involved with employees makes my head spin.