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Old 04-23-2013, 02:18 PM
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How to go about building a crew.

How to build a crew. I am doing this part time and doing about 6-8 residential and 2 commercial properties a week. Also doing about 2 pressure washing jobs a week. I can get more work but just need a crew and how would I go about doing that?
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:36 PM
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Why do you need a crew to do 10 properties?
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:40 PM
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How to go about building a crew.

My cousin has 76 lawn jobs and he is solo. He uses me once a week to help on trimming a school. You shouldn't need employees until at least 40 weekly lawns. From what I heard employees are more trouble than they are worth. Solo you will net more.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:52 PM
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Why do you need a crew to do 10 properties?

I am doing 10 lawns a week. That would be about 40 yards a month and plus i am a weekend warrior. They average about a half to 1 acre a yard. they have trees, shrubs and beds. I guess for right now a helper would be good.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:08 PM
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You should never hire someone, let alone a crew, unless you start to not be able to hand the work load and are turning down jobs. Then you get an emoloyees, not an entire crew of people. I'm not sure what you are using but I can usually do 10 yards a day solo. Our operations are obviously different but still
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:15 PM
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I am doing 10 lawns a week. That would be about 40 yards a month and plus i am a weekend warrior. They average about a half to 1 acre a yard. they have trees, shrubs and beds. I guess for right now a helper would be good.

What size and what kind of mower do you have?
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:23 PM
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What size and what kind of mower do you have?

I have a 36 inch mower walk behind bobcat.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:51 PM
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IMHO you should invest your money into better equipment to do the jobs faster and hold off on a crew until you have a larger workload.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:06 PM
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ok, maximizing your efficiencies first aside (and you probably could handle more work with faster/ bigger equipment that isn't too tired, hungover, sick, in some sort of drama to come to work) but your question was about building a sensible plan to bring people in so that you can sell more work.

So let's address that.

Since you are solo, your first step is to find someone with potential to be a crew lead eventually. Someone with a demonstrated work ethic and reliability that can eventually be an example to people that come in behind him or her. Someone with little or no experience currently that you can train the way you wish to do things and work alongside of.

Those are the traits you are looking for. It's likely going to need to be someone young and enthusiastic about work, that won't mind a part time situation for a little while or having an unestablished boss showing them the ropes.

That's the lynchpin position because everyone you bring in behind them, even eventual other crew leads, will be looking at that person for all of their work cues. Choose wrongly and you almost have to torpedo the entire staff and start over to reset things. Choose properly and they become the funnel for teaching more people, taking on more responsibility and expanding your business.

You cannot even think about a crew until you have a person in place and trained to lead them your way. If you were thinking in terms of bringing in someone from another company without having someone more tied to your business first (with some loyalty) to set the tone, you'll likely get a taste of a nightmare often shared around lawn companies with someone that doesn't stick to a company for a very good reason(s). Train and develop internally first with people that have potential, then you can mix the bag.

That's where to start.
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hmmm weird. my post was deleted for some reason. i have no idea why.
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