How long did it take before you could hire help?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by cutman2000, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    How long did you work solo before being financially able to hire someone, and how many accounts did you have?
  2. Pro-Lawn&Grounds

    Pro-Lawn&Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    How long isn't really the unit of measure you should be looking at. It's really how much work can you handle alone, yet still be efficient. Some people might pick up 50 accounts in a month while others might be doing 10 lawns for a couple years till things pick up. Most people are looking for full time work. So unless you have at least 20 or so hours a week to hire to someone you're probably best off solo.
  3. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    It also depends on how much work you feel like accomplishing per day, or per week etc. If you can do 15 yards per day solo, but have 90 yards to do, you could hire someone to work 2 days with you and get 60 of those 90 done in 2 days leaving you with 30 more to do alone. You just cut your week down from 6 days to 4, freeing up some time to either pick up more yards or doing landscaping etc.
  4. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I have bout 40 lawns, been in business since 2007. I have a part time guy. He only weedeats the big accounts such as multiple townhouse jobs ect. I bring him in on all landscaping jobs requiring allot of manual labor. He has a third shift job and I make sure he can start work as soon as he gets off work. He only makes between $60 and $250 a week.
  5. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,761

    3 years before hiring one full time, 1.5 years before part time help. I have a BIL in Charlotte who is full time solo with 73 accounts, all small 21"-36" mower sized yards.
  6. BeachysLawn

    BeachysLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 271

    Depends if you are trying to actively grow your business as well. If you need time to market and take those phone calls then you will need help a lot sooner than someone who is simply growing the business up to himself and an assistant.
  7. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    This is the idea I had in mind, having someone to come in 1 or 2 days. Do you pay under the table?
  8. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    whats a BIL?
  9. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I'm sure most of the bigger companies on here would disagree but yes, he is paid $10 per hour cash and hasn't missed a day in three years. I've got a good one.
  10. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
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