I am thinking of hiring a guy to run the day to day operations of my business. As some of you may know, I just started this thing a few months ago (Feb), but I have grown my client base to near 30, and I have 5 estimates ready for next week so the list should continue to grow. I just got an offer in my previous line of work that doubles my projected 2nd year REVENUE for lawn care. It may be irresponsible not to take it. That being said, I still want to run this business, and grow it into something I can focus on full time. For now, I would like to hire someone to do the actual lawn care for me. I have a guy in mind with about 10 years exp, and dont mind growing with the business, so I have that part down. I am looking for two kinds of responses. 1. Some may think I am getting in over my head, but I assure you I am up for the challenge. I would, however, like to know what kind of contingencies I should be prepared for aside from the catastrophic. 2. How should I set up the employee relationship? I have the truck, all equipment and insurance (General Lia, Bonding, Appropriate licenses, etc). I don't have worker's comp. Should I purchase it, or can I set him up as an independent contractor? What other ideas should I be thinking of on this one? Anything else you want to throw out there I will respond to and see if I can configure a work around. If all else fails.....I have a bunch of equipment for sale and a pretty decent client list!!!