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Taking business serious.

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by drsogr, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    I am at the point where my landscaping business needs at least one employee. I have been using friends and family to the point where they wonder when I am going to hire someone. The problem is, when I hire an employee I will have to be much more serious with my business. Currently I take off when I want, work when I want and really follow no real schedule. I think hiring an employee might make it to where I have to follow a schedule.

    Did anyone else have this issue before they hired an employee. Did it make your life easier to have a set schedule or do you miss the freedom to take off and do what ever you want, whenever you want.
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    You will only have to follow a schedule tell your employees trained..then he or she will have to follow one not you.
  3. RLSLandscaping

    RLSLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I have always had my cousin with no real schedule..but this year I realized I need to get serious..my cousin was a slug so I let him go and hired this 19yr old kid who is strong as a horse and wants to really work..schedule yes, but only because I am extra motivated this year...thing is..he calls me around 7:30 every night to find out where to meet up, and sometimes I say "NO WORK" I gotta do estimates or whatever...thing is you gotta hire a kid who wants to work and is home still so he has no real bills, so when he gets a few days off it's no big deal...and u can pay him 10-12hr cashola...if he works well he could do some accts while yer gone maybe? ya never know the kid could grow with ya and be a great supervisor for ya some day...anyways good luck man you sound a lot like me lol working when ya want..laid back...I gotta get my butt in gear this year and start to husstle though! GL
  4. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    LOL...that is so true. If you look at my posts...I really have slowed down quite a bit lately....unless its raining.
  5. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    Yeah I guess thats true.
  6. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    I am a little too laid back...maybe a having someone on payroll would give me a little extra motivation! Monday and tuesday I worked 15 hours each day. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday I found excuses to slow down and put in about 6 hours each day.
  7. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    I am the same way. I went through all my family members and friends. Usually about 4 per year. I guess i work them to hard. This year i went ahead hired an employee, and a payroll accountant. Days when i don't have much to do, i plan on having him work in my yard while i run errands or sit in the house reading all these posts.
  8. wacamaster

    wacamaster LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 198

    Having a worker defenitly keeps you going. I remember the good ole days when I'd sleep in and so forth because my workers were loose. My policy is if I say we meet at 8:00.. they start gettin paid at 8:00.. even if I don't show till 8:30. However if they are late say and hour.. they get docked an hour on top of that because I have other guys I have to pay while we wait. The fact that i know they'll be gettin paid even if im not there makes me make sure im there on time.

    Also about those kids that "want to work". I've had a lotta of em.. and after you put in 3 12 hour days in a row.. they all of a sudden aren't so passionate about working.
  9. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    5 keep telling myself that I have to get serious, I have two part time people now. I just have too much trouble waking up...maybe one day I'll get up.
  10. BCF

    BCF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    Having a helper definately motivates you to start at a certain time all the time. The key is finding a helper good enough to be on time and work how you want them to work, and not want gold. Three years ago I thought "that shouldn't be too hard". Here I am today working by myself. Good luck.

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