How do I get to this point? I understand I can only be in place at a time, I can only cut one yard at a time, use one piece of equipment at a time. I'm only one person and I don't want to work myself into the ground to be successful only to not be able to fully enjoy the benefits until later in life. The end doesn't always justify the means. I want to enjoy the fruits of my labor while they're still ripe. I know this means hiring, training, & delegating responsibilities & tasks to employees, but where does one start? This is the end of my 4th season in business and it's my best one yet! But I'm perplexed a little by what is ahead and how I will get my business to where I want it to be. I'd like to only be doing estimates, supervisory, and administrative duties by the end of next season. Maybe even have a second Isuzu NPR landscape box truck running as well. Now, my first question to the vets is .... at what point, workload and revenue-wise, do/did you hire your first person? Was it a part-timer? Did you wait until you had an unrelenting schedule solo, from sun up to sundown, to guarantee that you'd have enough work and enough money to justify/pay the helper/employee? Did you plan to have exponential growth once you hired someone (to justify/pay the helper/employee)? If so, what is a reasonable way to plan out this kind of growth? Realistically, is there a way to plan ahead and hire help without having an unrelenting schedule that leaves you worn out mentally and beat up physically? Don't get me wrong, I ain't scared of work. It's just that I notice after having my best year yet and being a 1 man crew.... it takes it's toll on the body and mind towards the end of September.