next spring will be my third year. i use a small 1/2" yellow pages ad , and passed out 2500 flyers ... ended up with 35 customers this season. im in school the beginning and end of the season , so it really sucks that this is all i can handle(3 days work) with school 1/4 the season. i plan to get a bigger yellow pages ad and pass out my remaining 7500 flyers during spring break (early april) and then unfortunately do all the estimates over the phone, might mess a few up but i wont have time since thats final exams time. i then plan to work like crazy once schools out may 10th ... with what should be 5 days work with a helper if i land 50 accounts out of the flyers. then my only option is to either keep doing what im doing and then drop the accounts down to 30 in the fall .... not good ... or get another truck and crew out. you guys have any advice for getting my first crew out? i have the money for a decent truck/quik 36 and misc ... the people i've had help me to date arent that good. 2 are slow and just generally suck, but they want the work bad, and the other is my dad, he works like mad and is good, but not reliable at all .. so i cant use him. should i just put an ad out for an experienced person with a good driving record? im thinking like $12/hr ... and a helper for him at $9-$10/hr. from what i've seen it's not easy finding good workers in this field. very high employee turnover at the company i used to work for. i have insurance and 99% of my customers are on credit card. so im doing things right. do you guys have and advice ? thanks alot, obviously this has been on my mind a ton lately since dont want to stay where im at business wise. im thinking put an ad out for a good worker in spring and do a ton of interviews, have the person work with me for a month, then do half the accounts by themselves and then finally let them do all but the the big ones i can get with my bigger mower. .. hopfully a few months before fall so i can find someone else if it doesnt work out. this is really nerve wracking since i basically have one summer to make the transition or i must drop the accounts. hopefully some of you more successful guys with a few crews out can give me some tips. thanks alot guys.