I have tried to hire out help but can't find one that is worth a damn and the ones who are want 30$ hr.. I can't sustain that rate for ever if I slow down the good ones are gone. I'm trying
Actually you can make money paying $30+ an hour. I do it everyday.
If you get $15 for every man hour sold (your gross profit after paying labor and materials), and you sell 200 man hours, you get $3,000.
If you get $5 per man hour but sell 600 man hours, you make the same money. But if you didn't have to worry about the production side, you'd free up more time to sell more jobs. So you might sell 800 hours or more.
I'm not trying to tell anyone how to run their business. I just see some guys who seem to be good at selling, are sincerely interested in servicing the customer well, but are trapped in the bucket. They wind up getting burned out and don't have much to show for it.
I sell paint jobs for several other contractors. I sell the job, and they worry about the production end. I help them with marketing, and I sell more for them than they could. I also get a better price, so even after my commission they make more per hour. They usually get $32- $35 per hour after my commission.
They have an incentive to do good work because they want the work to keep flowing-- I'll cut them off if they don't do good work. I have an incentive to sell because I don't want the production hassles.
It's a win- win.