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tips for sending a new but experienced employee out solo

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheKingNJ, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    What kind of things should I look out for or make sure to do if I am having a new but experienced employee go and cut solo. I have 5 weeks of school left about an hour away. I lost my foreman last year, he became a state trooper so I hired an experienced worker to take care of my accounts till I get out of school. Paying $16 an hour. I will be around on weekend and one day a week. I have 48 accounts and all can be taken care of in a week solo. I have been mowing most of them for 3 or 4 years so I know how long they take. I will be having him use a punch time card. What things should I look out for, or do to make sure he is not slackin, or napping on the job, or doing a shabby cut job. Any other advice or suggestion is appreciated.

  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Make some follow-up calls to your customers once work has started is prob the best bet...quiet and indiscreet.
  3. nitro121

    nitro121 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    I just hired an experienced guy to cut my accounts this year....I went from 6 accounts last year to 47 and counting so far w/ just a little advertising. He's good...but he doesn't cut as fast as I did....I guess cause the faster I was the more I made by the hour and he gets $11 no matter how fast he goes. I took off work today and worked 8 hours w/ him so I know he works....he worked Mon. and Tues. only 5 hours each day and I thought he was a little slow...but he does do a good job so I'll keep him.

  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    11 an hour? Peanuts IMO
  5. nitro121

    nitro121 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    That's why I've kept my day job. :) But I'm just starting and it's going good...Justmowit style so I can't complain. He's young and making some money and I'm old and making money for sitting around and taking phone messages when I get home that someone else needs their lawn mowed.
  6. MJM

    MJM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Tell him he has xx amount of hours to complete the route. If he finishes under those xx hrs, still pay him for xx hrs. Call backs he goes and corrects, if it continues he has no job. Otherwise, you both make out.

  7. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    That's about 14.30/hr with taxes not to mention overhead.

    I personally wish I could pay more but for just grass it wont pay.

  8. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 344

    how do you know he really knows what hes doing?? i never hired a guy who said he didn't have experience before. if i sent half the people out on their own that i have hired in the past i would be in big trouble!! one thing i have learned is that everyone thinks they can be a landscaper..lol.." o yeah I've done that before".." yeah i know how".. "sure i can".. "i used to do that all the time".. lol

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