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specialtylc
03-02-2004, 12:17 AM
I and I think many of us would like to know what size companies we are talking to on Lawnsite.

The Lawn Boy Pro
03-02-2004, 10:36 AM
Ones too few, Twos a business, Three is a crowd, at least when you have less than 40 accounts.

Doster's L & L
03-02-2004, 11:04 AM
I have no employees, but i have a team leader and a team member.

grshppr
03-02-2004, 11:14 AM
Year round three incuding myself, and usually a fourth in the spring for a couple weeks.

pjslawncare/landscap
03-02-2004, 11:47 AM
Had four employees last year, five including me. Plan on adding at least one more this year. Next year who knows!

dkeisala
03-02-2004, 11:53 AM
I only have one employee but I think they are a necessary evil. You read all kinds of threads and posts about PITA customers but what about PITA employees. Don't get me wrong, my one employee is a nice enough guy, we get along, good worker and good with my clients but he can also be a baby, b**ch and a sissy.

Expert Lawns
03-02-2004, 01:31 PM
I'm a solo opp, but have part time help in the fall

charlies
03-02-2004, 01:50 PM
too few when we're doing the work, too many on payday.

mow2nd
03-02-2004, 02:11 PM
i had 6 last year..........this year 2..............Too much of a pain in my A$$.

Not sure if it is worth it, I had more complaints last year than ever. Finding good help is not easy, yeah there are some good workers, but I couldn't find any. I got 2 great worker, which they do around 70-80 yards a week.

I'm solo, so I do around 40-50 a week, I do customers that complain the most, because for some reason they only want me doing thier yard. They also pay more, duh, anyway.........you gotta love this business

good luck to everbody, hope ya'll have a great year

charlies
03-02-2004, 02:18 PM
we had the same problem until we took my brother out of the field and had him supervising the crews. back when we were having problems, we had a good foreman, but when the cat's away....

iowapride
03-02-2004, 03:04 PM
I had 10 including myself last year. The year is shaping up to needing more!

mow2nd
03-02-2004, 04:56 PM
I think somebody is telling a lie................

Lux Lawn
03-02-2004, 04:58 PM
Two full time counting myself and one part time this year I'm hoping for three full time.

CamLand
03-02-2004, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by charlies
too few when we're doing the work, too many on payday.


:drinkup: how true..

longslawn
03-02-2004, 05:16 PM
5 counting myself

iowapride
03-02-2004, 07:17 PM
Originally posted by mow2nd
I think somebody is telling a lie................
I'm not one to start fights on here but that really gets me the wrong way when somebody who lives half way across the country thinks I'm making stuff up. I am a full service lawn and tree company. I offer everything from mowing to seeding, sodding, fert and weed control, trees, stump grinding, snow removal, retaining walls and everything in between. So unless you know for a fact, keep your comments to yourself.

rx7xj
03-02-2004, 07:55 PM
Uh can I count my kids

jajwrigh
03-02-2004, 08:01 PM
It seems like sometimes when companies grow, thier production increases, but their quality goes down...just something to remember.

RidgeCon
03-02-2004, 08:08 PM
Last year we had a crew of 17 mowing.

lawnlubber
03-02-2004, 08:20 PM
I had 2 full time last season. Yes it can be a PITA and quality can decline, but a combinayion of careful hiring training and supervision should help. In other words you have to be a good boss. In return you have increased productivity,reliability and the ability to handle larger jobs. I don't know what you solo operations plan on if you get sick. I sprained a hand one spring and it almost put me under.

specialtylc
03-02-2004, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by rx7xj
Uh can I count my kids



YES YOU CAN COUNT YOUR KIDS IF THEY ARE DOING THE WORK OF A REGULAR EMPLOYEE. My partner has his fifteen year old son work with us on summer vac. and weekends. We pay him just like a crew member. He has worked with us since he was 10. Best damn employee we have. He can run every kind of equipment as good as us.

These are all excellent posts in here. EXCEPT for some name calling. GOOD job guys!:)