I can appreciate where you are coming from, but feel this statement in incorrectRegarding find a reliable and capable sub or two: My thinking has been:
If the sub painter is good enough to work my jobs, he should not need me. He should have more than enough work for himself.
I feel you have chosen to believe this statement to support your decision not to find subs
It seems you are rethinking your decision not to use subs, so please excuse me for a moment to address this issue
Perhaps it will help ease your mind, or perhaps get it to the right place, frame of mind, for making a decision about this sort of thing (subs):
This statement, "If the sub painter is good enough to work my jobs, he should not need me. He should have more than enough work for himself.", operates under the assumption that any and every good painting technician will make a good business owner
This is far...far...from the truth
Most good painters, like most non-painting professions, are filled with great quality technicians, who don't know diddly about sales, marketing, profit margins....
I'm not saying none make good business owner-operators...just that most don't...just like in most every other profession
Being good at your job in no way shape or form makes you a good candidate for bossman
There are many good technicians that are comfortable owning their own business, but not comfortable (or good) at the marketing and sales end of the business
They would much prefer leave those details to you, and merely show up and work
If you keep this in mind, it may help you when looking for subs
It might get you out of the "I wouldn't join any club that would have me as a member" mentality that might infringe on your finding some good ones