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Options on paying techs

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Mar 27, 2003.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    Please don't move this to the elements of business section. I want input from other irrigation companies. I will also post this in that section though.

    I am trying to hire a guy to be another technician. Right now it is just myself. I just acquired another 300 clients so my work load has increased. This is a person that I would like to grow the company around. I want to make it profitable for him as well. If he helps the company grow and profit, then he profits. I would like him to grow into a tech/manager/salesperson position as I grow the company.

    One dilemma is that is the sprinkler tech field here in Colorado Springs it is not a full year round position. We are trying to come up with other ideas to keep busy during the winter. Winter weather and water restrictions will keep us from being year round. This also hinders us in being able to keep someone from year to year due to the significant time off. Which means trying to find someone skilled and with a professional attitude each year. Or try to train someone each year to troubleshoot and repair.

    So I am trying to find a way to pay him based on how much work he does. Something like, a decent hourly rate and a percentage of labor billed per repair/service job that he is on. For me to hire and keep this guy I can't pay him as an average Joe. He has run his own companies in the past and is a manager for a car rental company right now. He does have some experience but I will still have to train him on certain things. He also has the ability to be both professional and personal with the client.

    I would like any input on this as to how I can make it worthwhile for him and still make me $$. thanks
  2. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    I think you nailed it, hourly plus a percentage and/or bonus of some type.

    I would think you would have to come up with a plan that pays him 40 to 50 percent of the total labor hours billed. Example, he does $400.00 in labor per day, so his hourly rate and bonus would total 160.00 to 200.00 for that day.

    It may be a situation where you try a couple different ideas and see what works for both of you.

    300 new customers? Did you buy someone out?

  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    Yeah - pretty much bought someone out. Will pay him a fee based on each job I do for his customers for the first year. It may be $1000, or it may be $10,000. Will probably endup in the $2000-$5000 range. The fee is the same no matter if the job is $50 or $500.

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