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Sending crew out for the first time.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wrestlingcoach, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. wrestlingcoach

    wrestlingcoach LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    My partner and I are both teachers and coaches. For the last 5-6 years, we both have been doing the work alone no employees at all. ... Well this year we have expanded and have been using 2 helpers ( both are going to college and need part time work) regularly for over 2 months. We have been running two crews: I have a guy and my partner has a guy, and we split the lawns up on the amount of time it should to take to do them. We have also rotated the guys between us from week to week and rotated the different lawns from week to week. So now each employee is familiar with every lawn and should know what to do at each lawn.

    With school starting up in a week, my partner are now going to send them out together alone to mow the lawns. Frankly, we want to make money without doing all the work. Since we have young kids we need to be home more.

    These guys are going to work 4 days a week for about 5-6 hours
    each day. And they are going to school at night. The schedule is spread out for rain delays and other problems , so my partner and I can do the work if we need to after school. since there is Only 5 -6 hours after school until dark.

    HERE"S the question: Is there any ideas we can do to make sure everything runs smoothly?????

    1. make sure all mowers, company truck is full of gas and is filled up by us the owners.
    2. extra trimmer spools are full of line and ready to go
    3. the order of the route is spelled out
    4. they have access to tools in case something breaks
    5. list of all lawns with the correct mowing height

    Anything Else???
  2. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 983

    HERE"S the question: Is there any ideas we can do to make sure everything runs smoothly?????


    Good Luck,

  3. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    Boy, you read my mind. LOL
  4. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 458

    Make sure your insurance is paid up :D
  5. SpudsM15

    SpudsM15 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 627

    Umm, college kids, I happen to be one, and i work with a bunch at my part time job, and unless they are getting paid good, they could care less. Just watch them like hawks and keep them as happy as u possibly can and u'll have good workers. BUt watch them!!!!

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Maybe a number they can reach you at during the day...for whatever reason...
  7. wrestlingcoach

    wrestlingcoach LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    One guy - I coached him in junior high - Great kid, 22, works his butt off also a high school State runner-up at 125 when he was a senior

    the other guy is 35, My partner and I have known him since we wrestled together in junior high.. he is making a career change to go to college. This guy was also in my wedding.
  8. wrestlingcoach

    wrestlingcoach LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    I need efficiency ideas.

    The two guys are very trustworthy.. ... I have guys that are using my stuff and saying to themselves : I don't want to mess up Earl's and Steve's machines!

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    If you trust them, and it sounds like you do, it might come in handy to give them a business credit card or petty cash for unforseen minor emergencies.
  10. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    YOu might want to think about whos in charge. is one of them a leader? this might help things run smoother if one of the guys takes charge a little to make sure they keep up the pace.

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