Question about subbing out installs

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by exmarkking, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have a full maintenance schedule and are getting calls for installs. I don't want to setup another truck for installs and hire people so I have a good friend looking for extra work on the side. What I would like to do is meet with the customers, estimate the job, and if I get it then let my friend complete the work. I would schedule the job, drop off materials, and he would do the labor. What should I pay him. I want to be fair and still make a little money for getting the job and dropping off materials. I was thinking a 79/30 split with him making the 70. What's common to pay someone for this?
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  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not to state the obvious but it sounds like you're hiring your friend. He isnt a sub unless he is set up properly. Why is he a sub? He brings his own shovel and rake?
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  3. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well I don't know the proper name for him so I used sub. For example: if I landed a 500 dollar job and the material cost was 100, how much if the remaining 400 would be fair to pay him?
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  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    15 or 20 an hour. Does he have insurance? What does the lead and the estimate cost you? If hes operating under your name and insurance he isnt a sub, he is a crew of one.
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  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bingo.
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  6. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes he will be a sub, not an employee. So do you think it's better to pay by the hour than per job?
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