I am an owner/operator of a plumbing company. I suspect that most people on this site, as myself, are very conscientious about their work and customer service. I am considering expanding and would like to get firsthand experiences from others who have done the same. I work like a dog, however, like the fact that the work is performed correctly and I don't need to worry about slow periods, absences, etc. However, I am getting tired and would like to start becoming more of a manager / boss ... it is the transition I am afraid of. I've bumped into many others in the trade who tell me, "you got to get some help", in which I respond "yeah, you're right". I now am starting to loose some work, however, I can be a little more choosey or raise the job price slightly in busy periods. It is very difficult for me to calculate the net benefit if someone else was on the payroll or the headaches I would encounter for that gain. What do you suggest, a helper?, an apprentice that you can train? A Journeyman who's up to speed but who may have some bad habits? I sure appreciate your feedback.