Hiring a Manager

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by PB34, May 6, 2009.

  1. PB34

    PB34 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    At what point did you hire your first manager? I am the sole owner of my company, we have grown to 6-7 crews. I am pulling my hair out, I guess that is good we are busy though. I am debating on if this is the time to finally hire a manager to supervise my crews. I find myself spending all my time supervising and putting out fires, and not nearly enough time developing my company, selling, etc.

    Just curious on when you hired your first manager. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Any ideas on pay rate? Thanks.
  2. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    If you think about it most "managers" are guys who couldn't run their own businesses. Is that really who you want to hire to run your field? I have to run but will post more later. in the mean time check out my e myth thread in the business section for some direction in this area.
  3. huskres

    huskres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    How about taking your most experienced foreman and making him the manager? Then take the next up crew member and make them a foreman. Hire within and see how it goes.
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    in same boat....

    I was thinking about hireing a guy who simply knows how to be a manager. machines. people. calling on phone for parts. collecting. you name it....

    it seems with 6 to 7 crews, " guessing here 2 man crew" at 12 to 14 people, it's PAst time to hare a manager. at the least you have 6 people who directly report to you.
    I need an Equiptment guy, JUST keep up wiht what and where...

    Best of luck to you.

    and for what's it worth...........I'm almost bald, from pulling mine out.........
  5. eaglescout

    eaglescout LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    When you find a manager that will run the business like it is his own then commit

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