View Single Post
Old 04-03-2011, 10:21 AM
wglyons wglyons is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Alachua, FL
Posts: 10
Ready to hire 1st employee - HELP?!?!?

Well - I figured it would come to this...

I started my business in May of last year to make a little extra cash, and it kind of exploded. I only do this part-time, as I am a regional manager for a large corporation, and travel most weeks Monday-Thursday. So, that generally leaves Friday and Saturday for lawn care, and I usually have to handle a few properties on Monday's before I leave town.

At this point, I handle approximately 45 properties, with at least 25 lawns per week now that we're back to the growing season.

However, I keep getting on-line requests for estimates, and the phone keeps ringing with new potential customers, so I continue to grow. I don't really want to stop taking new accounts - I would really like to make a go at trying to turn this into a substantial and successful business.

I've had a buddy or two help me out here and there, but nothing official (I know, not good). But I need to take a serious look at hiring someone on part-time. My thought is to work with them for a few weeks, and then try to cut them loose on their own, or maybe hire them a helper. I have a lot of reservations letting someone take my truck and equipment, but in reality, I know a lot of people on this site see that happen every day, so it must be possible. I also realize that many of my clients have hired "ME" and not my company/employees to handle their lawn care, so that may be a situation that I have to face.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me on how to handle these growing pains??? Any suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated...

Gainesville, FL
Reply With Quote
Page generated in 0.04255 seconds with 8 queries