I have been doing lawn maintenance for about 5 years now, but just in the past year I have got to the point where I can't do it on my own without some part time help. I'm mowing about 70-75 properties at the moment and I'm pretty much maxed out without hiring someone else. My only employee (my 15 y/o brother) just started back to highschool today and now I'm solo until 3:45. For the past couple years I have been paying him $6 a yard which most of my yards with my current equipment averages him about $14-$18 an hour. I keep purchasing faster equipment to keep up, but I'm at the point where I've got the best mower for almost every yard (except a 44" for the 48" gates, but the 36" isn't that much slower.) I'm kinda stuck in the point where I can't get anymore work b/c I don't have help, but I can't get help b/c I don't have any extra work. So my question is when did y'all get to the point where you decided to have 1 full time employee help you out??