My problem with labor is that I don’t pay enough…

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Likestomow, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    I have paid up to $12 per hour and it is still difficult to hire and retain quality people because eventually they all get lazy.

    This year I plan to pay 50% of the gross to my workers as labor cost. I will furnish the equipment and the gas. If a property pays $30 to mow, the worker gets $15. If it takes him one hour to do it alone, he makes $15 per hour, not counting his driving time. Has anyone else tried this?
  2. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    please tell me that you are kidding???
  3. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    Don't do that, you'll lose lots of payup payup !!!!! Explain more why you need to give away 50% of your money!
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    $12 an hour, in tennessee? aint that more than the chief of police makes out there? look, there is a saying: you can take a guy, worth $2 an hour, and pay him $20 an hour, he will still only be worth, $2 an hour. NOW, you can take a guy worth $20 an hour, pay him $2 an hour, and he will work like you're paying him $20 an hour. good employees are hard to find, at any price.
  5. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Face it, good help isnt easy to find, no matter how much you pay. keep paying what you're givin em now. otherwise, you'll lose more money than you're makin.
  6. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    That is rediculous if its all your equipment and supplies and you are going to let your employee walk away with 1/2. He will be making more than you.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    OOOHHH please wise up.
  8. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    BobbyG makes a good point. Money isn't always going to make an employee work harder/better. A bad employee is a bad employee. The truth of the matter many people get into this biz employees and employers alike thinking that it is easy work. When in truth, in the middle of summer when it is 100 degrees out and your sweaty and dirty it is not gonna matter much that you are paying them 50%. If they hate it, or they are lazy they will still hate it or be lazy. A good employee is hard to find. If you find one pay them well, but don't ever destroy your biz over it. You are in biz to make money, and if you give 50% of the gross away you will not be in biz very long. Just not a good idea IMO.
  9. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Yeah - Find a retired person that is bored. Pay them 10-15 per hr. they are happy and you are happy.
  10. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    If they want to work they will. I need help in the spring and fall and i always have people that SAY they want to work unitl i need them.

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