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workers pay question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by zmowingmaster, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. zmowingmaster

    zmowingmaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    Ok guys,sorry for the long post ahaed of time.
    For the most part I am a solo operation,except for the days when its too hot or too much work,that is when family members pitch in like my father-in-law,brother-in-law,couple buddies.
    50% of the time,it was like you help me for a day or two in my job,I'll help you a day or two removing their carpet,putting up a fence,woodfloors... it worked out quiet good for a few years,some times I pay them extra in money or steaks and pizza...No harm done,everyone is happy.
    But this year,it looks like I bit more than what I can handle and took on lots of work.
    I have a couple of helpers who we used to work together back in the day in a resturant who would answer the phone if I called for help on big mulching or trimming jobs.
    Now,I want to know if I am paying them too much.
    I pay $10.00 per hour each
    I pick them up and drop them off (10 miles away) $16.00 in gas extra
    I buy them lunch $10 total
    make sure they have at least 3 gatorade each in my cooler $6.00 total
    plus water i never calculated that(i think that should always be stocked).
    The good part is if they were both busy,they can get me somebody to help for that day almost always.
    I want to ask them to work for me full time and ditch their work or leave it as part time( regular paychecks and so)not a day here and there.
    How much extra in taxes it will cost me.they do hustle and make my day easy.so should i pay them more or 10 is more than enough( i am fully insured,fully licensed) no workman's comp yet,but my agent said it shouldn't cost that much extra.
  2. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    If you can afford to do this, then keep on because a happy employee is a more productive employee.
  3. USA Lawn Care

    USA Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    sounds like you've got a couple really good helpers that you don't want to lose. I would keep treating them like gold. They will also realize that they have a really nice boss and it shows that you appreciate them and they will also realize that they can't find that everywhere.

    A little appreciation goes a long way. Keep it up and they will keep busting their hump for you.
  4. USA Lawn Care

    USA Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    and I would think that as long as $10/hr is fine with them, it's not too much in my opinion.
  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    You need to look to someone for your area to answer your question about what the taxes are going to cost you as state income tax will obviously be different state to state.

    As far as workman's comp., dependent on your state, you may not have to have it if you do not wish to dependent on the size of your company in terms of employees and/or other factors.

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