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Should you hire friends

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PRECISION LC, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. yergus

    yergus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    no friends, no relatives. only use occasionally, as needed, they feel they are helping you out, as your employee, they expect higher pay, less work and every privelage that no one else has, not even the owner.
  2. Freetime

    Freetime LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Do not hire friends on a full time basis
    (help in the summer growing season, weekends maybe)

    Just to much conflict
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    Sure, why not!

    Just kidding. NO!
  4. DanG

    DanG LawnSite Member
    Posts: 234


    I agree with most of the others here on this.

    They'll start taking advantage of you by showing up late, leaving early,long lunchs,sloppy work and on and on.

    And this is the best of all....expect you to hand deliver their paycheck to their house when they don't show up that day.(I've had all these happen)

    And always trying to bum lunch money, or gas money ETC....

  5. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 544

    again no..... unless of course you do like me.. i married my best friend, and now SHE is my BOSS!!!!!
  6. Michael Fronczak

    Michael Fronczak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 230

    Friends & Family

    Where to start, I have had both work for me. I always seem to fell like I'm getting screwed. Friends not as bad though. Family well.... Good luck, I'm trying to get out of that rut, tough one to break. I'm at the point where I need a full time year round employee on salary to take over for me when I can't be in the field, or I can't grow my bus. anymore. I can affird to pay good, give good benefits, & if not abused extras(take a truck home (99 1 ton 4x4 PU), cell phone, ect.). I don't work my guys hard, generally 8 or 9 hr days, do as much as possible with equipment, ect. Family seems to think college =better pay, till they can't find a job, seen it happen too much. Good luck, I'm trying to get out of that rut- it's one of my winter projects.
  7. gkell88

    gkell88 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    I could've written that!

    My first time finding this forum, and you guys got me nailed. I'm taking over my boss's company on Jan 1st, and I'm going to allow my brother and sister to try their hands at helping. I think I can make this work, but I am worried. I realize I have a chance of failure, but the way I read the labor market, I have smaller chance of finding someone I can trust my future with. I am in the position of be more afraid of growth, than interested in pursuing it, just because I have no confidence in finding a good employee.
  8. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 494

    No . I tried and he produced 100-150 a day to my 250-300. I helped him go out on his own and he produced more for himself. I payed to good because he was a freind and took it in the shorts.

    Next helper is a stanger that will ride shotgun so I can milk him for all he is worth.:blob2:
  9. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,597

    I disagree....but not really...I'll make this make sense....

    I owned my business for 10 years. It was very successful with considerable growth each and every year. Our reputation was second to none. Our work was second to none. Our client retention rate was also second to none...you get the point.

    This was all possible in large part due to my employees....
    Mike, Ed, John, Sean, Scott, Frank, Eric, Dave, Seth

    These 9 guys were my close friends. In fact, Mike has been my best friend for 20 years. And here is why it worked...

    I treated them with respect, I paid them well, and I had them buy into the idea of being a part of something great. There was no hoax, no lying....just me paying my friends to do the best they could. Everywhere I went I was always complimented personally. I was quick - instant quick - to praise my employees, my friends. I explained that it was all their doing. When there was criticism, I took the blame as company owner. They still admitted and fixed their mistakes though.

    Yes, hiring a friend is a different situation, and for some unpleasant. Maybe I was lucky. They are all still my friends today.

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