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Old 01-20-2014, 10:11 AM
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Hiring my first employee

I will be hiring my first employee this season. Looking for suggestions on how to find the best possible employee. Where to advertise, what to put in the ad, etc. I need someone who can be trusted to work on their own, take care of equipment, etc. We will be very busy so no time for slackers, alcoholics or drug addicts.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:19 PM
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References will get good employees
Place add at local nurseries
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:26 PM
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"slackers, alcoholics or drug addicts"

That's usually all you'll find willing to apply for physical labor. lol If you find one that is none of the above, treat him/her very, very well! They are few and far between.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:09 AM
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"slackers, alcoholics or drug addicts"

that's usually all you'll find willing to apply for physical labor. Lol if you find one that is none of the above, treat him/her very, very well! They are few and far between.
i 110% agree !
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:20 AM
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Got a promising response to my ad last night. College graduate. Was a school teacher, then worked for state government agency before being laid off due to budget cuts. No prior experience mowing and prolly overqualified. Is this the kind of applicant that bolts for more money leaving me hanging mid season? Possibly tears up equipment or lawns due to inexperience?
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:33 AM
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Sounds like a guy in a rough spot, as soon as he finds a better opportunity he'll be gone for. I had some issues hiring our first couple of guys last year. Try to keep a business relationship especially if its just you and your guy in the truck, it's easy for him to get confused and think he can make decisions for your company or that you two are friends of some kind. You want him to like you, but at the same time he needs to respect you, and that's the biggest issue I've run into. They think we're friends and try to push more and more. It's best to be up front with their expectations from the beginning and as soon as they step out of line even a little call them out on it, and make sure they realize that it will not be tolerated. Good luck
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:12 AM
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Ive used friends, friends of friends, and craigslist. my best employee came from CL. But has left me. Finding his replacement is proving to be a challenge this time around. Funny thing is, he was the first guy I interviewed from CL and this guy was like me but only 10 years younger.


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Sounds like a guy in a rough spot, as soon as he finds a better opportunity he'll be gone for. I had some issues hiring our first couple of guys last year. Try to keep a business relationship especially if its just you and your guy in the truck, it's easy for him to get confused and think he can make decisions for your company or that you two are friends of some kind. You want him to like you, but at the same time he needs to respect you, and that's the biggest issue I've run into. They think we're friends and try to push more and more. It's best to be up front with their expectations from the beginning and as soon as they step out of line even a little call them out on it, and make sure they realize that it will not be tolerated. Good luck
This is the TRUTH right here. Although my CL guy was the best I had he did this (if your reading this Andy, relax ) but so did all the guys before him. Its harder to be strict on friends and friends of friends but you just have to be or they will walk all over you. Out siders will press slowly though too once they get comfy. You just gotta remind them whos paying who here and if they want a job they better just start listening more and squalking less. It worked for me.
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:24 AM
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Good luck on finding some good help. But sometimes it can be real hard to find the right person.

My best guy just started going to school during the day time and has a part time job at night. Now I'm in search for another person like him or better. But he's thinking about switching from days to night for school and coming back with me. But I'll see how it works out though.
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:59 PM
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I have 5 or 6 applicants. Im going to be interviewing in a few weeks. Hopefully someone pans out.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:17 PM
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I have 5 or 6 applicants. Im going to be interviewing in a few weeks. Hopefully someone pans out.
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