Paying Help??

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by 2menandamower, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. 2menandamower

    2menandamower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 247

    I have grown to the point that I need to add a helper. Do you pay for windshield time too or just for actual mow time. I pay 10.00 per hour and I am just wanting to be fair to my guys (or gals) and also be able to keep the business going. Any help is appreciated.
  2. Bustus

    Bustus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    When you price a job do u consider the time it takes to get to the property? Likely so. I'm sure your worker will want the same. As long as they are at work, they should get paid.
  3. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    Agreed. As far as I know of when an employee is on company grounds working or on a jobsite they are getting paid. You really shouldnt seperate the two.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Of course you pay for "windshield time" one is going to work for you if you're using a stopwatch :hammerhead:
  5. Badgerz

    Badgerz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    I worked for a small construction company years back. We installed municipal water and sewer lines mainly. The jackass owner of that company liked to pull this kind of crap. You'd get your check and realize he had cut off an hour here, an hour there etc. One time we got all the way to the job site when he realized he forgot some stuff that we needed. He went back to get it while we waited. Our pay was docked for the time it took him to go back and get the stuff.

    Set general work hours for any employees. I don't know if you have to pay OT or if that's a choice but if you have an employee you need to pay him whenever he's doing anything related to your business. Whether he's mowing or riding in the truck. It's your responsibility to make sure he's kept busy.
  6. lawn_pro

    lawn_pro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Exactly, unless you only need him for a day..because there is no way he will show up the next day after that bs..if you are worried about hours adding up offer him a flat daily fee.
  7. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    My helpers pay starts when we get to the 1st yard and ends when we finish the last yard. Sometimes, not often if i need him to come to the garage in the morning his time starts then.

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