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Finding Employees - Unbelievable!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by fakie99, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. fakie99

    fakie99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Not sure if this is the right forum but...

    Is anyone else struggling with finding employees? I've been in business 11 years and have absolutely never seen anything like this. In year's past, I'd put an ad in Craigslist and maybe the paper and within days I'd have 2-3 good prospects I was ready to hire. THIS YEAR - way different. The economy must be back here in MI, becuase I can't find employees to save my life. Ads have been running for 4 months and nothing. Laborers around here are asking for $15-16 which I am willing to pay. But I really need a foreman - I am advertising $20 / hr and still...nothing.

    Where is everybody??
  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,185

    That is bad if you can't find anyone @ $20 an hr.
  3. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 908

    same story here in MS. I've Had an ad going since early feb. and only had 2 contact me: one was 68 years old
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  4. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    Must be a paper misprint. Many Lawn/landscape companies start off guy at $8 hr and have plenty of applications. I select certain type of workers mostly people I've known for life and pay them enough to get good help.
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  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,613

    dang $20 an hr?

    i'd work for you at that price. :laugh:
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,478

    Ya me too.

    You doing anything yet???

    Im doing a lot and making a "little" very little money
  7. sweetcutgrass

    sweetcutgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    wow . that's crazy .in your area I figure u would have a lot of people wanting to work for 20 an hour .
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I'd be swamped with applications at 20/hr
  9. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,613

    been busy this week. man i hate first cuts of the season. seems to take twice as long to get everything into shape. :laugh:
  10. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    I have a 71 year old friend helping me. He's better then most 18 year olds.

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