this is the 1st year ill be going commercial.... im looking at 52" riders and a 36" wb with sulky.... Im goin to hire 1 employee to work with me... i plan on targeting $30 to $50 lawns... majority (90%) being $30 & $35.. lots are 1/2 to 3/4 acre (vast majority are no gates, but having the 36" wb when there is).... also (3 trimmers, 1 backpack blower, 1 handheld blower, 2 edgers, and 1 hedge trimmer) and a 16' trailer. my questions are: 1. Is a crew of 3 more profitable than 2? (would add a 3rd mower) 2. How much should I pay my employee or employee's? $7,8,9,10??? (OHIO) 3. Ive been told to hire an employee as contract to avoid wrkmns comp, unemplymnt, etc... (can i do this and if so what should i pay them)? 4. With the lawns i have listed... does this seem profitable? 5. If they are my employee and after mowing season do i have to pay unemployment??? how does that work? 6. With myself and 1 employee.. (2 good mowers) is 70 lawns a week realistic/ can i expect to do more, if business is good? or how many lawns can 2 shuffle realisticly through the week. 7. should i work them overtime... or cut them off after 40??? 8. any other suggestions welcomed.. thank you.