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Old 01-16-2013, 11:33 PM
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crew problems

My dad and I are in business together and he wants to go down to just me and him and 2 employees and do want landscape work we get do it on the weekends. Because last year he said we put to much out in labor cost because we had to many guys when we didn't have the work. I want to do landscape work during the week in our busy months April may and June and then when it slows down let them guys go. Any suggestions would be helpful thanks
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:14 AM
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So you want to hire guys to work 3 months and then lay them off for the other 9?
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:18 AM
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So you want to hire guys to work 3 months and then lay them off for the other 9?
I guess I worded that wrong were not as busy after July 4 as we are before. Pay college kids or something
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:27 AM
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The problem is most college kids don't get out of school until June. I'd have to agree with your father. Cut your labor pool to fit your schedule, or make sure you have enough guys to mow 4 days a week and do landscaping Fri/Sat.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:48 AM
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The problem is most college kids don't get out of school until June. I'd have to agree with your father. Cut your labor pool to fit your schedule, or make sure you have enough guys to mow 4 days a week and do landscaping Fri/Sat.
We have to mow 5 days a week plus when we get a patio or wall I go do them with another guy . That's what we used to do mow 4 days then landscape Fri n Sat. Then last year n the year before we had 3 crews running most of the year
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:00 PM
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If you're already mowing 5 days a week how is he planning on cutting employees. From the sounds of it you need 1 or 2 more employees.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:39 AM
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Sounds like your family business is in that dangerous "middle zone." Your busting butt with all those employees and not making any more money then if you were a solo guy doing 50 lawns a week. This is a hard zome to get out of and there really isn't one right answer to solve this.

The easiest answer is this, though...get more work. Bill more. You stay in this middle zone and you'll probably die.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:19 AM
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As far as your crew problems go I too have struggled with this for many years. For us the spring is crazy busy, late July and August gets a little slow then things pick up again in September once all the kids go back to school. There is no two ways about it, landscaping is a seasonal business.

Here is what we have done to deal with these issues:

When we are super busy in the spring and work is so easy to sell we bring in part time help. As long as we have it understood upfront that the position will only last through June or whenever it is there is nothing wrong with that. As an added bonous, every once in a while we come across a great worker that we retain on a permanent bases.

When things do get slow we lay off the temp help and keep the core staff. I know its hard to lay people off but remember that was the original agreement. Even with this we almost always have a slow period in August when our core staff goes from 5 to 4 day work week.

Things always pick up in September and by late October we are crazy busy again with leaf cleanup. That means more part time help.

Hope this helps. It has worked great for us.
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