Not that I'm near this point yet, but was pondering the future. How do you keep employees year after year if you can't keep them on year round? I do lawn maintenance and I know I couldn't keep an employee on all year. Since there's no way a guy can make 6 months of "helpers pay" stretch over a 12 month period, what do you do? Lay 'em off so they can collect unemployment (not that I can see how they could survive off of that either, but...)?. The idea of finding a new guy (or guys) each season doesn't sound very practical. So what do you guys do? I'd like to be able to hire someone and try to stretch the season as long as possible to keep them working, but I can't see more then 7 or 8 months at the most. Then what, hope they'll be available and want to come back next season? Sounds risky that way. BTW, I tried the search, but wasn't finding quite what I was looking for. Thanks in advance!