i'm looking to make a change. this being my first full time year, i more than met my goals, i didn't have to kill myself, and i consider the season a great success. goal for next season: i already have an employee who has proven himself trustworthy, honest, and more than capable of being a lead man. i will promote him to crew leader, send him out with a helper. they will have 80 lawns a week to mow. they will be paid salary. if they want to hustle, and get the 80 done in 3-4 days, fine. if they want to drag it out over 5 days, that's ok too. i will personally handle all the ferts/chemical apps, and have a small route of 15 lawns a week that i cut alone. any trimming /landscaping i will do alone or utilize the crew on saturdays at an hourly rate of pay, separate from thier lawn cutting salary. any rain or setbacks....tough crap, they have to finish thier 80 lawn grasscutting route to be paid thier weekly salary. this will cut my already low hrs down to about 15-20 a week, and provide an excellent paycheck. i have worked with the crewleader for over 2 yrs now, i'm sure i will not sacrifice quality by sending him out without me there. any input?