I have read allot of posts lately about owners scaling back and running solo. How much does the average Solo Operator take home after all expenses in a season compared with the average operator running a crew and maintaining a larger scale operation? I could probably tweak my business and make a little more Solo, but I feel like I am capped at about 50K coming home after all is paid and that is with no room for slacking. As I turn 30, I feel as though I have no chance of sustaining this business into the future without taking it to the next level. I am crunching numbers and fairly certain that my gross income will grow as company grows into employees next year with the increase in the number of properties maintained and another slight price increase, but will the bottom line grow? The job changes completely from a labor oriented position to more of management role. But why are so many downsizing? Are they just poor managers or is the market such that the extra expenses make the costs per stop such that they just cant compete and maintain the number of properties needed? What is your story? I want to hear from as many operators as can reply about you success or failures related to the growth of your company. What would you do differently if you were to start over?