Well I have to admit, this year has been a really good. I'm thinking about buying another truck and hiring two part timers. This time last year I had maybe 5 lawns. This year I have 48 and still averaging a new one every day. I'm getting really behind already, and I'm kind of apprehensive about growing so fast. I know this is a good thing, however I'm feeling gun shy about hiring and purchasing this truck. Granted, it's a good used truck and it's coming from a good friend, and it's only $1,500. He took good care of it, and it will be paid for in cash when I get my raccoon job finished next week. I have an older guy lined up for the foreman position (will mow with the zero turn) who is very particular and a good leader, and my part timer (will trim) is the son of a good friend. I will be having them service the 26 apartments that I got last week, and maybe some of my new customers. I make $477.00 for all the apartments (they are all very small yards..too small for my 60" Exmark, but almost too big for a push mower to be efficient...more trimming than mowing) I figure two guys at $10 and hour and if they start at 7am, they should have all of them completed by 4pm. The thing that takes the longest is loading and unloading and driving to each one(between 3 and 6 blocks apart in most cases). What bothers me is, do I hire the two guys and buy the truck (I already have a small trailer) or do I just hire a part timer to go with me on all of them? The only issue with just hiring a part timer to go along with me is I have several mulching jobs, clean ups, plantings, and drainage pipe installs to do and I'm so behind. I am having new customers who haven't had their yards mowed yet and they're getting tall and I'm having to schedule them two days ahead to even fit them in. By the time I get there, I have to spend twice as long because I have to literally mow it twice to mulch up the clumps to make it look nice. The way I'm looking at it, if I start losing money after I buy the truck and hire the two part timers, I can always sell the truck and let one of the guys go and take the other with me. I have the thought in the back of my mind that if I set these guys loose, they won't do as good of a job as I do and I may lose my 100% retention on my customers. The foreman I'm looking at is in his early 60's and is very particular. He'll be good to oversee the work and won't have to work very hard at all because he'll be on the mower all the time, and driving from place to place. The kid on the other hand is ok, but likes to fidget with that stupid cell phone of his all the time and isn't very particular, but has the potential to be. The first rule I will make known and will enforce is that the stupid cell phone will be turned off and left in the truck at all times. I don't know what it is with kids and their ignorant cell phones. I'd like to take one away from one sometime and watch them have a total breakdown just for laughs. Anyway, the foreman would be the only one allowed to have one on and with him in case I need to get a hold of him. So what do you guys think, should I hold off and stay behind and see what happens, or should I take the risk and buy the truck and hire the two part timers so I don't get a bad rep for being too busy and not getting to people quickly? I'm afraid I won't make much money if I hire help, but on the flip side, I'm only losing money by turning people down because I don't have the time to get to them.
No announcement yet.
Growing By Leaps and Bounds