What is an Owner Operator? He Owns the Company and is typically going to be On-site Painting with his Helpers. With that defined, is there an advantage to hiring an Owner Operator vs. a company that is organized to have On-site and in the Field Management? Many Consumers think so and I say that very often it will not be the case. 2 major reasons to be concerned with Owner Operators no matter how long they have been practicing the Trade. #1- Owner Operators typically will Opt out of their Workers Comp. and can do so legally as the Owner of the business. Therefore the Leadman/Owner on your Project will not be covered for on-site Injury. #2- Is Focus. It is difficult to Focus on your Project and the People he needs to Manage onsite when that Owner has to answer the Phone, Set the Appointments, go to the Bids, do the Bids, get materials, stomp out fires, pay the bills, etc. The business model that provides an onsite Crew Leader with quality Technicians can provide for greater focus and reliable end results.