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Old 04-09-2013, 05:35 AM
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Finding Employees - Unbelievable!

Not sure if this is the right forum but...

Is anyone else struggling with finding employees? I've been in business 11 years and have absolutely never seen anything like this. In year's past, I'd put an ad in Craigslist and maybe the paper and within days I'd have 2-3 good prospects I was ready to hire. THIS YEAR - way different. The economy must be back here in MI, becuase I can't find employees to save my life. Ads have been running for 4 months and nothing. Laborers around here are asking for $15-16 which I am willing to pay. But I really need a foreman - I am advertising $20 / hr and still...nothing.

Where is everybody??
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:14 AM
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That is bad if you can't find anyone @ $20 an hr.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:17 AM
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same story here in MS. I've Had an ad going since early feb. and only had 2 contact me: one was 68 years old
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:09 AM
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same story here in MS. I've Had an ad going since early feb. and only had 2 contact me: one was 68 years old
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I have a 71 year old friend helping me. He's better then most 18 year olds.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:28 PM
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I have a 71 year old friend helping me. He's better then most 18 year olds.
I've got a girl leading my install crew, best move I ever made!
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:37 PM
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Must be a paper misprint. Many Lawn/landscape companies start off guy at $8 hr and have plenty of applications. I select certain type of workers mostly people I've known for life and pay them enough to get good help.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:55 PM
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dang $20 an hr?

i'd work for you at that price.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:40 PM
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dang $20 an hr?

i'd work for you at that price.
Ya me too.

You doing anything yet???

Im doing a lot and making a "little" very little money
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:21 PM
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wow . that's crazy .in your area I figure u would have a lot of people wanting to work for 20 an hour .
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:20 PM
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Ya me too.

You doing anything yet???

Im doing a lot and making a "little" very little money
been busy this week. man i hate first cuts of the season. seems to take twice as long to get everything into shape.
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