I will try to be as open as possible here so hopefully some of you with more business experience can help me out... I am a solo operator that started out about 4 years ago with one yard to mow. I quickly gained 8-10 yards and then 3 years ago, I lost my job and was forced to either find another job (not likely around here with what I was making) or grow my business. I decided to grow my business. I added landscaping to the mix and started getting a few jobs. The last two years were pretty much the same. About a month ago, I started getting calls and have added several new mowing accounts. I am at about 3 days a week mowing by myself. I have one complete house to landscape and 10-15 jobs that should take anywhere from 2 hours to two days. My dilemma is this...I feel if I don't get on these landscaping jobs quick they may become impatient and find somebody else. I can't seem to get estimates done quickly because I am constantly trying to get another job done. With all the other "stuff" that goes along with owning a business (this morning I spent two hours meeting with a client and getting some signs ordered) I seem to have less and less time to do anything. One side of me says to buy another mower and hire somebody to help, cutting mowing to two days max and spending the other days landscaping. If I hired two guys, I could quit shoveling rock and do what I need to be doing...being the face of the company and meeting with prospects and customers, getting estimates done and scheduling jobs. The other side of me says that if I hire two guys, what will I do after the spring rush is over and we're all sitting around looking at each other! I also don't really have the money to hire right now but feel if I was freed up, I could get more jobs to bring in more cash flow. I have been thinking of trying to get a line of credit to grow the business...so far it has been bootstrapped except for the mower that is at 1.99% I also need more equipment like a tractor or skid, a newer truck (3/4 ton since now I have a 1/2 ton 1999 model) and have entertained the idea of getting a lot to store material on like mulch, rock, etc... HELP!! I feel like a rat in a wheel!