In 2006 my son will be working full time as an auto tec. and I will loose my help. I can handle the current # of lawns myself but it cuts into my pressure washing business(more profit). I don't want the headache of hiring an employee and the paperwork involved. I am considering leasing my customers and equipment to a sub-contractor. They will be required to have Insurance( I pay only $300) and I will train them. Just as if they went to the local tool rental place and signed a rental agreement for the day for mowing equipment. I would word the customer lease to specify terms of quality of service performed by the sub. Along with their rental agreement they would be reg. to sign a non-compete for my zip code specifying the terms of leasing the customers and not building their own route in my area. I couldn't prevent them from starting their own business in another zip code but I can protect my territory. Naturally their % of profit will be higher than an employee but it seems to me a cleaner deal than the accounting work involved in having an employee. I have no problem getting work but in order to grow I will need help. Do people farm out their accounting for employees to a service? Is this LEASING idea plausible? What do you think?