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How to hire/pay employees?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by vharman4, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. vharman4

    vharman4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I've been working solo for the past couple of years.. it worked fine throughout high school, but i am a freshman in college this year and doing all the work this fall has been quite a strain. I think i need to hire a crew for next season. what is the best way to hire employees and how do you pay them? things i should watch out for?
  2. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    You basically just asked the equivelent of explaining the meaning of the Bible.
  3. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    :laugh: But seriously... I have no idea :)
  4. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    My employees prefer to be paid in US dollars. You could pay in Canadian Dollars, Euros, Yen, whatever.

  5. WGLandscapeMaintenance

    WGLandscapeMaintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,549

    Bob, you missed Pesos :p
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    get pub 15 from the IRS. Go to irs.gov and you can download it there, or order it. That will tell you what rate you need to withhold what, and when to send it in. Its very simple.
  7. jondcoleman

    jondcoleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

  8. vharman4

    vharman4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    my bad.. kind of unclear. to begin with, i need to hire a crew, and i have no prior experience hiring or paying people to work for me. maybe if you could just give me some ideas on the best way to pay them? hourly? per lawn? i have no idea.
  9. jondcoleman

    jondcoleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    Do a search on here for "piece work" and check out how it is done. This is the best way to pay in my opinion. If you want to discuss, send me a private message.
  10. Greenscapes Lawncare

    Greenscapes Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    pay by the hr. $12 for crew head and $8 for helper. Set a minimum amount of work that needs to be done each day and check with ur customers frequently to make sure things are going well. also make them do a maintenance list and sign off on it each maintenance day(fridays) for us which inslude greasing equip and truck blade sharpening etc.

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