Season has barely started and I'm already feeling the burn. Financially I could fund a full time guy for a full year even if he didn't produce a single penny. So the anxiety isn't really over having to pay them but more all the other stuff. Like for example: The revolving door. Having to babysit. Customers yards looking like trash instead of being well manicured. Wrecking the truck. Mowing over trash instead of picking it up or dodging it. Having to train with the trimmer (this one right here, I could write a novel on this one). Breaking equipment. Being left high and dry in the middle of heavy workloads. And on and on.... Lets talk about the potential employee for a second... because I already have a guy lined up. Some stats. 18. Hard worker. Common sense. No formal experience. No drivers license. So a couple of the reasons for my anxiety are alleviated with this guy, while others are magnified. For instance, I think its likely he sticks it out all year and I won't have to go through the revolving door and I doubt I'll ever have to babysit this guy... biggest thing thats magnified, if he gets licensed I'm not going to be comfortable with him driving the rig for who knows how long. He wanted to start with me last year. Season was half over and he was 17 and I didnt even wanna dig into the laws of hiring under 18 plus he was still in school. Now the workload is beyond just me. Maybe I'm getting lazy, or just old (28) or worn out I don't know but I really WANT help at this point. We've discussed pay and heres where were at: 1st month training $8.33/hr. Bumps to $11/hr after training. After 6 months he'll have 1 week paid vacation. 2nd year $13/hr (driving, maybe) I know the rates seem low guys. I think they're kind of low anyway. But he has no license at the moment and no formal experience. I'm actually looking foreward to being able to train him the way I want things done without having to undo old habits learned else where. Planning on giving him 36-40 hours a week until thanksgiving. Anyway whats everyones thoughts?? Edit: almost forgot... where do I post employee rights posters when I dont have a commercial store front? And what about osha regs and compliances etc? Insight on those greatly appreciated!