I re-read the "can you charge by the hour" post in the commercial lawn care forum for the first time since it had 5 replies. Its a good thing I got bored, or I wouldn't have gone back in there because I thought it had stayed on topic. Well I did, and I was wrong, it went waaay off topic, which was good, because it brought up some intresting points. For you guys legally hiring employees and paying workmans comp and all applicable taxes and benefits: What do you do with the employees that you can't keep busy through the winter season? Lets go with a 4 month "off season" that you can't afford to have them full time. Do you lay them off so they can collect checks or do you just say, see ya next year? I'm curious to see how people work this. I'm sure the threasd will wing toward seasonal employee's also, so I included it in the topic bar. Let's see where this one goes! All input will be appreciated, I think we can get a good topic started here.