what do i pay my help

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by texpro, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. texpro

    texpro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    i live near houston texas the ave. costomer pays about 120 per month so for i a one man operation but i cant keep up any more too much for me alone what should i pay my help and do i pay by the hr or per yard or a flat daily rate
  2. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    im solo as well but i think most people will say hourly. some days are longer than others and some days you may not have any work due to rain, etc. if you pay by the job they may try to get through them as fast as possible not worrying about quality
  3. DPAT

    DPAT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    This is how I look at that is if i pay you hourly you will take your time, but if i pay you a % or by yard you will work harder and faster

    just my 2 cents
  4. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I pay my help by the yard. This seems to motivate them to work longer and faster. I don't think they sacrifice quality as much as it cuts down on doing other things slow such as loading/unloading, breaking, and just plain having a pep in their step. They sometimes complain about the price such as $5 bucks a yard but when we average 2 yards an hour I explain where else will you make $10 an hour for doing only a 1/4 of the work? The thing to remember is NO ONE will work as hard and fast and care as much as you do because it is NOT their company.
  5. Bigray

    Bigray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    i pay my helper by the hour
  6. texpro

    texpro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    what do you pay per hr
  7. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    $10hr , lunch break if we take any paid
  8. Waterscapes By Design

    Waterscapes By Design LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    You plan on just hiring someone or are you gonna actually have workmans comp on him and all that good stuff?

    That should all be a factor for you. Best worker Ive had so far I only pay minimum wage and cant believe it....I pay for his lunch every day too but still.
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Where "near Houston" are you....

    I'm in Bellville,
  10. Leisure Time Lawn Care

    Leisure Time Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I pay by the hour and buy lunch when we take one

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