helper quit should i hire a helper again?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Brianj, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. Brianj

    Brianj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    friday was my helper's last day.. quit for a higher paying job, but wanted to stay but wanted more money.. was paying him 8.00 and he wanted 9.50, i was giving him a salary of 225 a week during the 2 off months i have here, if he worked more then his salary that week i paid him more, but he was only working about 20 hours week right now. he had no driver license and was going to get one for 5 years, 21 yr old kid with to many speeding tickets and caught drving 3 times on a suspended license, so that revoked his license for 5 years, so guess who picks him up and takes home....i even gave him a couple of advances, which i forgave some of the money... i tell u try to nice and teach young people things and sometimes they just dont learn.. sorry just had to vent....anyways i cut about 60 yards a week during the summer,i can handle it but it 6 days a week sun up to sun down, and some sundays. so i am wondering if i really do need a helper or not.. what do u guys think?
  2. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    IMO-you will need a helper. Now, it seems like you may be able to handle this on your own but your looking at working 70+ hours a week solo. Trust me-after 2 weeks your going to be shot. Also, what happens when you have a breakdown, you will never be able to recover solo. I would look for a helper. This is just my 2 cents, but I dont think you will be able to handle this solo.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Sure sounds to me like you could use someone...what are ya going to do if you need a day off for something?
  4. CNE

    CNE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I would try to find a more reliable helper, one that can drive and doesn't have such a bad record. Paying a little more would help. $8 sounds a little low to me. I only have one guy that helps me part time. I pay $10 an hour. Anybody who will stand on the end of a trimmer or carry a blower on his back is worth that to me. Just my opinion.
  5. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    To me it sounds like you need a helper who wants to work sun up to sun down as you put it.Try to find someone else bump up the pay a little and see if you can pick up a couple extra lawn to cover the extra expenses.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Who the hell is gonna work for 8 bucks an hour? You can get that at McDonalds and be in the AC too.
  7. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    MacDonalds around here starts at over $9/hr and its a lot easier than landscaping. my employees earn $20 - $30 per hour. New employees start at $10 hr and its hard to find anyone who doesn't drool on themselves at that rate.
  8. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I would pay a little more for some good help or you can drop a few accounts and tighten you route and maybe you can do it solo working about 8-10 hours 5 days a week.
  9. I stay solo, and reduce the client base! keep the best clients!
  10. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    Rodfather, you might not believe this, but in oure area (Im 70 miles from Jax.fla) our big time lcos pay around 6 bucks an hour. The highest paid helper I know of makes 10 bucks an hour and he has been with the company for 10 years. BTW, our McDonalds pays 5.15 per hour, I applied for a part time job few months ago. I guess your location makes a big difference as I have said several times before.

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