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hiring my first employee

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by steelcity, Apr 17, 2002.

  1. steelcity

    steelcity LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 45

    wondering about some of your stories and advice on hiring an employee. i have a guy that is interested and that i know well enough to know that he will not screw me by leaving half way through the season. i have signed up a lot of work and finally sat down tonight and thought holy s#$t there is a lot here. Presently i have about 55 lawns with more coming in i think plus landscape jobs that need to be quoted (from existing customers so i will get the work). i am looking for some of the ins and outs of going through this process. (keep in mind this is a Canuck speakin eh although advice from the americans is always welcome here also.

    anyway have fun!

    WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER!!!!!!
     
  2. Hodge

    Hodge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    so 55 customers and no employees, how are u managing it currently. How many yards do you complete each day and how large are your lots. What time of equipment are you running?
     
  3. AK Lawn

    AK Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    Seems like you have aq lot of work for a solo op. you need some one, i hired my first employee at 14 lawns, but keep in mined i was only using two 21"
    AK Lawn
     
  4. Hodge

    Hodge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    14 well I have 21 and I am considering an employee...but what is the rate of pay and is it by the hour or a set sal
     
  5. AK Lawn

    AK Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    comming from experience, i have 5 employees now, though i have went through 20 different people, start at alow pay, 7-8, and make sure they are worth it make them prove them selves before giving them the silver plater, and work up from there, there was apoint after i hit 14 lawns were a an employee would quit or whatever and i would maintain up to 40 lawns but that was hell, only had 21"s, know it would not be so hard w/ my current equipment hope this helps
    AK Lawn
     
  6. steelcity

    steelcity LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 45

    In regards to this i have 1 48" Bunton, 1 32" Toro, 2 21" toro prolines, 2 ECHO TRIMMERS, 1 hand held and 1 echo backpack blower, 5x8 trailer(soon to be upgraded) and 1992 GMC 1500 4x4. My problem is that some of the new customers are asking that i also do gardening while i am there(they pay for this of course) so this eats up my time and i have signed up a few larger properties which also eat up time. last year i had several smaller properties and not very profitable, this year i got rid of those and replaced them with better ones which are more profitable but more demanding on my time as a solo operator. I could d 10 - 15 properties/ day last year (record was 20). This year that will not be possible as they have gotten bigger. i also have picked up several landscaping projects in between the regular lawn maintenance. so maybe i need somebody but i do not know about the whole season. i think it is a very big decision to hire someone and think that you are providing for their well being, and this is why i am struggling with the decision. this does not even begin to mention the accounting responsibilities that i will now have with an employee.

    thanks for listening and all your input
     

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