How much money before hiring help?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by work4green, May 15, 2005.

  1. work4green

    work4green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    I've been in business for quite a while, working through high school and college. I've had part time help off and on for certain jobs, but am thinking about getting a full time helper now. I'm curious if those who are in my shoes, or have been in the past, set a goal on income before hiring a full time employee. I'm trying to work as many hours as I can(six days a week), and am booked up for several weeks. I'm increasing my bids to maximize my profits so I can work fewer hours, but working solo can get old.

    Is there a threshold of gross income I should set for working a 40-60 hr week, for 4 weeks time?

    I have a few numbers in mind, I'm curious what others have done... :help:

    To help clarify things here, I'll add that I don't do lawn care. I bushhog fields and brush, in areas that a tractor can't reach. I also cut brush on dams, wet areas, back yards, fence lines, vacant lots, hunting trails and any place you can think of, that a tractor can or cannot reach. This is my niche market, tree services don't like it, most lawn care guys are too busy or lack the equipment. :cool2: And its just plain hard work... payup
  2. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Once I'm to the point where I am fully booked by myself, I plan to take on one helper for a couple of days a week. I think you will have trouble finding people to help until you have at least 16 hours a week for them. Even then, your choice of employees will be limited. So, you want to be overworked by yourself, before you hire someone else to help. Then, you want to use all of the free time you net, to get more customers.

    I'm not really basing it on income. I know what I need to break even. I don't want to dip below that if I can avoid it. If I'm FULLY booked and take on an employee for two days a week, I'll still be a little above my break-even point.

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