What do you guys think I should do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Daren, Dec 5, 2001.

  1. Daren

    Daren LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    Well i have a problem and dont really know what to do about it. My Employee is a very good worker and is very valuable, more than that we are pretty good friends. Anyway winter is coming on and I have been struggling to keep work up for us and most of it I could do alone. Well he calls tonight and says that a friend of a friend of his called him wanting some landscaping work done. Well he went over and looked it over, calls me and says it is a major landscape job. Well I ask him how much he told her and he said he told her that he would work for $11.00 an hour. Well our local rate is $50.00 per hour for 2 of us. He is not even wanting to include me in the deal. I will have nothing to do the days that he is working this. he is hinting for estimates of how much material and so forth. How should I approcah this. Me and him have both talk about lowballers and people without insurance, license and so forth bidding stuff really low and driving prices and quality down. He does not know this customer. Anyway any ideas of how to approach this?

  2. groundsguy1970

    groundsguy1970 Banned
    Posts: 166

    I think you may need to look @ how you are living. Maybe read some of Phil Nilson's books! :)
  3. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    Well if he was as good as you say, I would not worry about it. It sounds like he will get in over his head. Let him do it go find some work for your self and when he comes back for some more work, let him sit out a few jobs.
  4. keifer

    keifer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 320

    Dont sound like much of a buddy or employee I would find new ones of both.
  5. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    Did he get the job under your company name? I would not let him in on any other info if he is doing it alone...business is business.
  6. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,915

    Doesn't sound like that great of an employee or friend. Dudes got balls to do something like that. Maybe he needs to find out what it takes to run a business. Let him find out when he wants to come back to you and he's been replaced. There is no excuse for that type of crap going on, maybe stuff like that pisses me off more than the next guy but that is BS what he's doing and he would be hitting the bricks if I were you. Life is too short to put up with people like that. Find someone else.
  7. Tell him see ya!!!!!!!!!!

    Or go over his head since it is your company.

    Looks like we all are giving you good hint to say "GOOD BYE" to him.
  8. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,048

    Well, since he was bold enough to offer a price I would not help with any numbers and let him do it all. This will teach him a lesson and not involve you with the job that apparantly he didnt want your help with anyway.
  9. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    crazy gator is right-let him find out himself why 11 an hour wont work.

    its his problem.
  10. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 678

    Ask him where the job is so you can look at it. Then just be a better salesman than him.

    As far as giving him info: I don't even tell my wife what goes on behind the scenes in my businesses for fear of her giving out free info to a potential customer.

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