I started this company late last summer as a part time, extra income type thing. I did go through all of the proper avenues to make it legal and completely above the table. In the last couple months of summer/fall I was getting new work pretty easily even though I felt like my prices were on the upper edge of average. I was doing all the work by myself. I was wondering if anyone could offer some insight into the proper timing and method of transitioning from working by yourself to moving towards getting that first crew up and going? Is it better to hire a helper to work with you for a while and try to increase your contracts then hope to put him in charge and hire a helper for him and start sending them out alone? Are there easier (better) ways to go about this?? What numbers are good to shoot for as far as income vs. expenses and what percentage of expenses is a good goal for labor? What do two guys need to average making each day (after expenses) to justify the hassle of managing a crew? Does anyone offer their employees a minimum wage plus bonuses pay structure? I have been kicking around the idea of allowing them to make bonuses in weeks where they get zero complaints, complete jobs on schedule etc. Is this too much of a hassle? I'd rather reward guys for doing a good job, and keep labor expenses at a minimum if guys aren't giving close to 100%. I also thought this might help guys police each other a bit because they will both want to make sure things are being done right as quickly as possible. I'm hoping this summer to hire my first employee and any constructive advice would be welcomed.