My Question is at bottom. I am in need of a little help managing my lawn accounts and gaining new ones for next year and my current foremen is going to only be able to work part time next year due to continuing education. Right now 3 guys go out 5 days a week for mowing and i do a day or two with one helper.Plus I lead our install crew 3 days a week with 2-3 guys. I already have a guy in mind to offer the promotion to install crew leader too and Ill be the manager for them and will be doing Apps and Irrigation when im not checking there work or giving estimates. My current foreman would just be in charge of our residential mowing clients/scheduling mowing crews plus selling our add ons. Any install work would go to me so i can estimate it. He essentially will work from home unless he needs to go out to a lawn to bid it and then mow if we get behind. PROS: he knows how to bid lawns, he knows my clients and their preferences, he bilingual, very good with computers/typing, has a couple years experience mowing, trustworthy, smart, answers phone promptly and returns messages fast, also very polite and hardworking. In all honesty, I believe he'll be better at the job then I am. Cons:I don't foresee any for this type of work but i did have problems with mowing being a little too tasking on him and missing to many days. which put me in a major bind. only problem this year though. He's very valuable to our growth has a company next year and would help us make an easier transition from 3 FT guys to 5-6 FT guys for mowing and it would allow me to manage our more profitable work and commercial jobs. if he doesn't stay i will have to train a new foreman to mow up to mine and my clients expectations and still manage my other crews plus all other business during the busy season. In short i would only have 1 FT 3 man mowing crew and 1 split commercial mowing/ install crew, if he doesn't stay. if he does stay Ill be at 2 FT mowing and 1 Install crew plus me doing apps and irrigation and a sub i work with for irrigation and installs. So this setup is more ideal because the mowing never gets in the way of the installs and vice versa. Our installs earn us about double what mowing does so i would really like to get myself a way from the day to day operations for mowing to concentrate on raising our profits. With all this in mind what would be reasonable pay for him? My thought was hourly at $14 for when he mows and flat rate commission 1/month on all accounts he gained us plus bonus for any add ons he sells. EX. of month end check: Gained 75 accounts YTD (June) with no one canceling receives $5/month for each account(all weekly thru Sept.) = $375 and earned a bonus of 5% of gross because he had 50 upsells this month for fert. at $60 each =$150 plus he mowed 1 day for 8 hours = $112 Total=$637 for part time and an average biweekly check would be $200-350. His target would be 100 new accounts but we would be fine with just 75. I use yardbook so his upsells would be extremely easy just sending out a text to our client database of roughly 500 about our Apps or any specials coming up will land close to 10%.