Hiring my first employees, need help.

Discussion in 'Employment' started by Adam J White, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. Adam J White

    Adam J White LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I started my business last summer and quickly started to add clients. I have started this summer with around 45 clients I service on a regular basis. Well just recently that number has jumped to around 55 residential and I just added 8 commercial clients that I service every week. I can no longer keep up with all the work myself and must hire 1-2 guys to help me.
    I am looking for some advice as to how to go about hiring them. I am located in Florida. I have been doing some research today since it is raining all day and not sure if I should hire them as employees or independent contractors? I have heard also that some small business don't directly take out taxes from their employees checks and instead offer a 1099ez form for them to handle there own taxes at the end of the year. Any information as to the proper way to hire on 1-2 guys would be greatly appreciated!

    Also, I just want to stay how thankful I am for this site! It was pretty daunting to go from being a bartender for the last 10 years to trying to figure out how to go about starting a lawn care business. I browsed through the forums and it helped me so much! 1 year later and business is booming and the only regret I have is not starting this business years ago.
  2. Gus McGee

    Gus McGee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

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  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,882

    Forget anything about 1099
    It’s illegal
    Just forget you ever heard about it

    A 1099 is if you hire me to do work for you
    Not if you hire employees
  4. Tara Ann

    Tara Ann LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 414

    Hi, @Adam J White!

    I would start looking at how you want to advertise your open positions, and how much money you can dedicate to recruiting, training, and retaining employees.

    Questions to answer:
    • How much can you pay 1 or 2 people?
    • What job responsibilities will these employees be expected to perform?
    • What days of the week are you wanting these people to work?
    • How are you planning to interview candidates?
    • What will your on-boarding process look like?
    • What will your training process look like, and how long will it take for someone to be trained?
    It helps to look at other job advertisements on sites such as: Indeed, Facebook, ZipRecruiter, etc. Conduct some market research; read the verbiage in job ads; see what other people in your industry are paying and saying. Hopefully some of this information will help you a bit!
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