Hi, I started my business last summer and quickly started to add clients. I have started this summer with around 45 clients I service on a regular basis. Well just recently that number has jumped to around 55 residential and I just added 8 commercial clients that I service every week. I can no longer keep up with all the work myself and must hire 1-2 guys to help me. I am looking for some advice as to how to go about hiring them. I am located in Florida. I have been doing some research today since it is raining all day and not sure if I should hire them as employees or independent contractors? I have heard also that some small business don't directly take out taxes from their employees checks and instead offer a 1099ez form for them to handle there own taxes at the end of the year. Any information as to the proper way to hire on 1-2 guys would be greatly appreciated! Also, I just want to stay how thankful I am for this site! It was pretty daunting to go from being a bartender for the last 10 years to trying to figure out how to go about starting a lawn care business. I browsed through the forums and it helped me so much! 1 year later and business is booming and the only regret I have is not starting this business years ago.