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Old 06-08-2013, 07:12 AM
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Switch from Solo to crew...whats involved?

Ok, been running solo and may want to add an employee. I was wondering what the true costs are, and whats involved? I guess I should mention that if I do this, I want them to be a true employee, and do it legally (not just pay cash on the side).

What are the steps, what needs to be done, and what are the cause and effects of hiring that first employee, which would probably start out as a par timer? My son has been helping me for the last few years, and will be driving next year. So I may set him up as a crew lead, and hire another employee to join him and establish my first "crew".

Need some assistance on what's involved and how its done.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:50 AM
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Small Business Administration and SCORE. Free advice.

People have claimed that a $10 hr employee can cost up to $15 hr to the business.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:21 AM
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"Claimed"? It's a fact..
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:24 AM
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Yes it is a fact, and Don't go to score unless you are currently and completely above board,
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:56 PM
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Small Business Administration and SCORE. Free advice.

People have claimed that a $10 hr employee can cost up to $15 hr to the business.
Why would you not believe this, it cost at least $15/hr for a $10/hr employee
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:45 AM
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ok, so what are the additional costs, and whats involved?

I know workmans comp insurance is a requirement. From what I was reading, that's obtained through an insurance company.

If I hire, it would be a part time employee., or maybe 2. I'm thinking about hiring my son as the lead, and his friend as the other worker. They would both be making more money for me, than working at a local job making the minimum wage. Im also wondering if at the point they are legally working, if we couldn't start an IRA retirement account for my son to begin investing in.

Looking for more info on the steps that would be involved to hire.
Here is what I know so far ( I think...LOL)
1. get a Tax ID number.
2. Pick up workmans comp insurance.
3. Determine my hourly wage for a part timer.
4. Have them fill out a W4
5. I don't plan on having any medical insurance or other benefits at this point, so that isn't a factor.
And ?? what else is involved from there...
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:14 AM
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Ok, been running solo and may want to add an employee. I was wondering what the true costs are, and whats involved? I guess I should mention that if I do this, I want them to be a true employee, and do it legally (not just pay cash on the side).

What are the steps, what needs to be done, and what are the cause and effects of hiring that first employee, which would probably start out as a par timer? My son has been helping me for the last few years, and will be driving next year. So I may set him up as a crew lead, and hire another employee to join him and establish my first "crew".

Need some assistance on what's involved and how its done.
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Why would you not believe this, it cost at least $15/hr for a $10/hr employee
Some people are too touchy or need to read a bit more carefully.

OP asked question. I have not personally researched the topic with the labor dept. I do not have first hand experience because I am solo. I based my answer on what other members have stated here on LS. If I did not believe what they had said I would not have passed their information along.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:23 AM
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W/C can also be purchased through a payroll company. Personally, I'd talk to a payroll company, insurance company, and a CPA to see how you want to set everything up. Do you want to keep track of compliance and taxes? Do you want someone else to do it? In the middle..... these are all questions you have to ask yourself and they will help you find the answers, good luck.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:52 AM
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actually my $10/hr guys cost $14.26/hr.... and occasionally lunch.
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