employment help needed

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bigw, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What would be a fair hourly wage to pay someone to help out with fall clean ups, im thinking im going to need some help...well lets just say im hoping i will anyway!
     
  2. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just fall clean up? $9/hr
     
  3. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
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    Depends on your local economy. Here I pay college age kids $11-12/hr. I have also used high school kids, and had some real good workers from this group who are thrilled to make $9/hr.
     
  4. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks guys i was also thinking in the 8-10$ range but wasnt sure.
     
  5. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
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    Pay them as little as possible. Since you are just using them for fall cleanups, no need to worry about keeping them happy for the long haul. I would try $8 per hour.
     
  6. itsallaboutthestripes

    itsallaboutthestripes LawnSite Member
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    8.00 an hour is a joke they can make more than that at McDonalds. I cant get help for less than 12.00 an hour. Anything less than that you can plan on them tearing up any thing they can get there hands on.
     
  7. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    Actually working at Mickey Dees or in retail is harder, IMO, than doing lawn work. Sure our work is physically tougher but you get used to it within a few days. A 'helper' for an LCO has no responsibilities....doesn't have to deal with any customers...when you compare the two jobs overall, there are a lot of things harder about restaurant and retail jobs. If you never worked one, try one out and get back to me :laugh:

    $8 or so is fine. Most people that have all day long free to work, just for 1-2 months, they probably have trouble holding down a job in the first place or they wouldn't be so available.
     
  8. mattxb

    mattxb LawnSite Member
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    $10/hour - thats what I pay Laborers.
     
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just keep in mind, you may want to rehire them in the Spring if they are any good. So be fair with the pay.
     

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