Originally Posted by Yard Elements
I am licensed, bonded and insured. We currently employee four people including myself. Hiring independent contractors in IMHO is a little strange. We all wear uniforms and drive company trucks. I am trained in horticulture and so are my guys. We are not hacks that simply walk off the street and mow grass.
He does know the cost because I am training him to be a supervisor and to bid jobs. I don't want to run the whole company forever, besides soon it will be too big to manage on my own.
Anyway I think I have a solution to the problem. I will provide a non-compete form but offer him a sales incentive program so he can make extra cash and build the company. Win win. Now the questions is what to offer him. how Much?
non compete forms are not worth the paper they are printed on unless you are dealing directly with a employee that stole a bonafide customer away.
i been at it long enough to know that as a landscape laborer your income is limited and has a low ceiling and if your laborer needs to make extra income his choices are work OT if you got the work to allow that, get a second job or find a better paying job.
if he is a good worker and you want to keep him around and you can not afford to pay him more or give him OT then the next best alternative is to give him some side work with things you can't be bothered with.
the ground rules have to be he does it on his own time and it does not get between his responsibility working for you and also make it clear that you are refferring him so you will not be responsible or connected to anything he does in any way shape or form.
and if it leads to a large job then it comes right back and if your caught, your fired.
any time you hire someone it is a given that you are going to invest a lot of time and money into them and when they feel they know it all they will go off to start their own business and just walk away.
i had 5 guys in total so far over the years that i basicly taught everything they know from scratch that went on to start their own businesses in my area.
i compete with them often and i keep in touch and have a working relationship still with these guys today and there are lines that they will not cross to keep the peace.
i must have taught them well because their businesses are all doing outstanding and each have at least 4 to 6 full time employees
as for the mower issue, if you gave it to the dude straight up then it is his mower and what ever he does with it after the fact is his business.