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Old 09-18-2013, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ncpete View Post
I would think if you hire additional people, it would be to build a crew that can work together to get more done, to serve more properties. If you are handling 55 properties now with one person, how much more efficient would your business be by adding a second? One person to run the mower, and the other to blow and trim? Shouldn't add too much to your father's work load, unless you figure you could somehow do 110 properties with two people?
Maybe I am thinking about it all wrong, I am definitely not to that point yet. And how much longer can you be doing that much work in Rochester area, anyways? 30 days before most of the leaves are blown down by the winds coming off the lake, and the grass will all have gone dormant by that time, too, won't it?
I forgot to mention one of the people that would be hired is a part time employee who works around 20 hours a week. I would have him do the mowing with the new hire while the current full time employee does the nicer lawns and property maintenance work. I was thinking about adding around another 30 properties. This was also geared more towards next spring so if I do decide I can get another truck and find another employee, and also figure out how much more responsibility will have to be given to the current employee.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by lawnman24949 View Post
I do pay him for the work that he does. I think he likes doing it after his other job, but I feel that having him watch over two more additional people is just to much with a full time job.
The question is, how does he feel about it? He might be perfectly fine with overseeing 2 more people. You have obviously done something right for your business to be taking off. If things are running good now, go for it. Especially if you can increase productivity and take on more work without adding much debt.

I also know the feeling of having to constantly turn down work due to lack of manpower. I am in a similar situation and we were maxed within 3 weeks at the beginning of the season. 66 leads in 3 weeks trying to do this part-time. The rest of the season I am emailing people to turn them down. In one day a couple weeks ago I sent 5 emails telling people our schedule was full for the season. It's really getting frustrating for me but i can't do anything about it until I get back in country. You, however, are in a much better position than I am. I say run the numbers to figure out how much more work you can take on vs what the employee or two will cost you then if everything looks good, go for it.

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