Those of you who have been following my "I did it" thread know the situation pretty well. Here is a brief summary for the rest of you. Last year, I decided to take my business to the next level. I restructured everything and ended up signing up 190 new customers this year. We currently mow 120 or so lawns per week when you factor in the biweekly accounts and all of that. This is done with 1 crew at about a 40 hour week. I myself stay in the office. Here is my dilemma. Where do I go from here? Option #1. Grow the business and stay in the office. Option #2. Keep the business the same size and go back into the field. The reason that this is even a question is because employees are generally unreliable and becuase of the money that I can make in the field. I was able to make things work this year but it was not without its struggles. I had to fire a couple of people and 4 people that I hired didn't even bother to show up for their first day of work. Now things are going smoothly but in 1 month my foreman will quit and I will finish off the season in his place. I can probably make things work again next year but there will be a little bit of uncertainty with the employees. I crunched some numbers and I know what I can net next year if I am in the field. The low end is 70K and the high end is 115K. This is the number after employee wages and business expenses. It is really tempting. So I am left with the option of a complex life with little physical labor and solving various problems or a simple life with lots of hard work. The money would be about the same for next year. I would perhaps make a little more if I was in the field. Any thoughts on this? I can accomplish either of these.