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I see potential but good help is biggest issue.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I get phone calls everyday for estimates and acquire 1 to 2 new account every week and have some commercial properties but my biggest challenge is hiring the right people. I have the same issues with everybody. I have to drive 30 minutes one way to pick him up and drop him off. I have to always go behind them no matter how I show them. As a result this causes me to do double work, I get very fatigued, and demotivated to continue. How do you other lawn care guys manage situations like this.
     
  2. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    Sounds like he needs the scissors
     
  3. Paul's Green Thumb

    Paul's Green Thumb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    X2 on that. No way would I be chauffering employees around.
     
  4. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,235

    I would not be driving topics him up 30 minutes away in the first place.
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    That is the number one reason I stayed Solo for all these years... I don't need another twenty jobs to pay the additional expense of EMPLOYEES... :)
     
  6. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    Our employment ad says, you must have your OWN transportation. Yes, own is in all caps in the ad. If they don't we don't hire them
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  7. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    The guy that's a half hour away, can't drive and needs to have everything redone is not "the right people". That's unemployable in most situations, so why are you catering to him? If your need is people with better skills and reliability locally, you may need to look at what you charge and your business model to make sure it's accommodating the skill level you need.
     

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