From my own limited view, I would hazard a guess that the 'ideal' size for a small shop is:
3 trucks- 3 with a journeyman and 2 with a helper; 1 person to answer the phone and do the books; and, 1 person to meet customers, visit City Hall, stand inspections, etc.
We're talking eight people there. You need the trucks to support the 'office' people. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do all you need to do.
You can limp along with a smaller shop - but that's what you do ... limp along, from down time to down time. Even then, scheduling is critical. For example, I know one guy who 'works' Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- and reserves Wednesday for sales, bookkeeping, etc. I know another 1-man shop that uses the labor pool for helpers when needed, and hires a CPA to do all his bookwork.
Thanks! John, This is my feeling. We have been ready to to take the next step. I guess its the hardest step. Means less time with the tools for me. Thats good and bad. lol Did you find the monetery benefit with additional crew? I have talked to some who have scaled back, that say they make just as much with less headaches by them selves?
John, I've been keeping up on solar, but not venturing into it. The state makes it real tricky to get certified. Like you must have 3 jobs completed before you can get the cert. Than how do you get the cert. The paperwork ugh! I'll just keep pluggin away for now! Not sure what Re is? I have signed on as an associate switching peoples power generation provider. Have saved a few folks some money so far. Have you switched yet?Thanks for your imput.