What would you do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by EJD Lawnpride, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. EJD Lawnpride

    EJD Lawnpride LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have the opportunity of hiring a 24yr. old with 4yr. experience in mowing,etc. Right now me and two other guys mow 122 lawns in four days. I'm thinking of hiring him now to run a crew by himself in the future. But, to pay someone 12/hr. now to just help out seems a little crazy. My goal is either have 2 crews next year or one mow crew and one landscape crew. Do I keep him now or wait to see how things work out? What would you guys do?
    He worked w/us today and he is good!
  2. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
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    On a recent thread you were asking how to get to take your company to the next level, this may be the incentive you need.

    Hire him so you can be more effective at selling/getting more jobs.

    BTW, 122 lawns in 4 days? Impressive even with help. That's alittle over 30 accounts per day
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    If you hire him now, and you find out that he isn't what you hoped for, then you won't have lost as much as if you hired him expecting something that he wasn't and then had to frantically find someone else to run the second crew. Now, you can get him acquainted to how things work at your company.
  4. Midwest Lawn Services

    Midwest Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    I agree with the previous posts. Get him aquainted with the operations side of the business and then you are able to ease him into a foreman's position.
  5. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree, good help is always hard to find. Also, 122 lawns in 4 days seems very prouctive ... what's the average size of these lawns ?
  6. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'd hire him now so he knows how you operate. This will also free up time to work on sales & advertising.
  7. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think 122 lawns in 4 days is bull....! Unless they are very close together and small.

    As for for working today and he was good, wait until the "honeymoon" wears off, then see what he does.

    122 lawn in 4 days....The most I have done in one day was about 17.

    Id have to say you are full of ....you know what.
  8. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    I agree with the others, see how he works out with you and your other employees. Maybe see if he will work part time for now, or ease him into the foreman position so you can do other things that need done for expanding the biz.
    As far as what captken says, how is 17 lawns a day not possible with 3 guys?? Myself and 1 helper bang off 18-20 lawns per day with no problem, and our smallest lawns are 1/2 acre. Last Friday we crunched with minimal trimming, and did 23, Started at 8, done by 5:00.
  9. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
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    The OP claims over 30 per day.

    That's why I made a comment on it. Sounds a bit of a stretch.

    EJD Lawnpride, Can you tell us how you can get that kind of production?
  10. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
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