Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

how much to pay employees


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-14-2011, 01:34 PM
dell dell is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 6
dell is on a distinguished road
Default how much to pay employees

i was wondering how much to pay my son and his friend. they don't drive and we only cut onn my days off.they are both 15 years old.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 08-14-2011, 08:46 PM
GLL GLL is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 6
GLL is on a distinguished road
Default Can you hire them?

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I don't know where you are, but the labor laws are pretty strict for lawn mowers and kids.

Here is Indiana's:
http://www.in.gov/dol/2398.htm
Minors 14 and 15 years old are prohibited from operating most power-driven machinery, including lawn mowers, tractors or weed cutters, in conjunction with any business.

Just a quick google search showed similar results for FL, MT, NC and GA. The federal labor law doesn't allow 15 y/o's to work mowers. The rules seem to change at 16 though.

Also, it's one thing to have your own kid running power equipment, but having another person's kid with a mower is a pretty big risk. One wet day and his foot slides under the mower and you're going to be paying millions. And get fined by OSHA and sued into oblivion.

If you still want to hire, then the national minimum wage is $7.25, but some states have higher minimums. Again, what you pay your kid is one thing, but one bad Saturday and your kid's friend's parents call the DOL and now all your payroll stuff is audited. Did you get an I9 and a W4? Workers Comp? Did you notify the state of the new hire?

I thing there's a saying about no good deed goes unpunished?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-15-2011, 12:58 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,010
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Have you done a quick search on the local help wanted section on craigslist to see what others are offering to pay? You may not be looking to be competitive with them, but at least this will give you a price range.

Also, be very careful with your son's friend. He could become a huge liability for you if he gets injured or damages something or injures someone else.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-16-2011, 07:09 AM
dell dell is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 6
dell is on a distinguished road
Default

i live in canada got insurance pay them legally and even got workers comp.my son has been working for me for the last 3 years and his friend the same i pay the taxes that are owned.trunk insurance trailer insurance etc..
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-16-2011, 10:07 PM
monoshock's Avatar
monoshock monoshock is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lake City TN. Is that banjos I hear ??
Age: 59
Posts: 37
Rep Power: 6
monoshock is on a distinguished road
Default

I pay my son 20% of the gross income on jobs he helps me with. That helps him stay motivated to work a little faster instead of paying him by the hour.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-17-2011, 12:54 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,010
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

If you had another helper, how would you suggest paying him?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-17-2011, 04:42 PM
monoshock's Avatar
monoshock monoshock is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lake City TN. Is that banjos I hear ??
Age: 59
Posts: 37
Rep Power: 6
monoshock is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
If you had another helper, how would you suggest paying him?
No sure, I never needed more than one helper, but most times I work solo.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how much do you pay employees? Mowin Madman General Business Discussions 7 08-20-2011 09:44 PM
Employees CHEESE2009 Lawn Care Employees Discussions 19 07-16-2011 08:54 PM
From no employees to employees looksgoodlawncare General Business Discussions 2 11-19-2007 07:03 PM
Employees Steve General Business Discussions 22 04-04-2006 08:03 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
Yesterday 10:01 PM
by Lawnline
1 480
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
07-27-2016 08:02 PM
by Steve
25 6,034
Now Hiring Just South of...
Chilehead
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
by Chilehead
0 27
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
07-26-2016 11:22 PM
by Chilehead
11 261
Hi everyone!
greenwavemedia
07-25-2016 03:22 PM
07-26-2016 11:21 AM
by Lawnline
2 58
Hi! I'm Tony from Tampa
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:47 PM
07-26-2016 11:12 AM
by Lawnline
6 666
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
07-26-2016 10:30 AM
by Lawnline
16 18,761
Z246 Deck change question
JohnsLawnCare
07-25-2016 01:47 PM
07-25-2016 06:38 PM
by Steve
1 49
DIY Sprayer
acrajchel
07-25-2016 09:13 AM
07-25-2016 06:36 PM
by Steve
1 48
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
07-25-2016 06:20 PM
by Steve
15 579
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
07-25-2016 03:06 PM
by greenwavemedia
5 10,511
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
07-25-2016 02:49 PM
by greenwavemedia
9 1,496
New Business Owner
danesdanglas87
07-20-2016 12:31 PM
07-21-2016 05:04 PM
by Steve
2 123
Question about...
Bradcook21
07-18-2016 05:22 PM
07-19-2016 04:38 PM
by Steve
2 147
Hello from Watertown New...
lawnmanrick81
07-19-2016 03:57 PM
07-19-2016 04:11 PM
by Steve
1 83
Gutter Cleaning Tool
DanielThomas
07-18-2016 08:23 AM
07-18-2016 04:36 PM
by Steve
1 116
Starting on a lawn care...
Coco3465
07-16-2016 11:26 AM
07-17-2016 09:20 AM
by Steve
1 142
Aspiring Company Owner
TJ136
07-12-2016 05:12 AM
07-15-2016 02:52 PM
by SC93
6 246
Hi Everyone
JavelinaLawn
07-10-2016 07:29 PM
07-13-2016 02:01 PM
by Chilehead
5 780
Custom Canopies
JohnsLawnCare
07-12-2016 08:38 AM
07-12-2016 04:14 PM
by Steve
1 288
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
07-11-2016 03:53 PM
by Steve
4 308
John Deere JS40 issues
Mr. Mow
07-06-2016 01:28 PM
07-11-2016 03:52 PM
by Steve
3 234
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
07-11-2016 11:18 AM
by DanielThomas
15 1,789
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
07-11-2016 09:11 AM
by Chilehead
9 3,316
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
07-07-2016 05:07 PM
by Steve
11 10,572
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
07-07-2016 05:00 PM
by Steve
4 276
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
07-07-2016 04:53 PM
by Steve
24 1,297
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
07-05-2016 12:38 PM
by Chilehead
6 394
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
07-05-2016 11:54 AM
by Steve
14 898
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
07-04-2016 09:19 AM
by LawnPerfection
9 1,718
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
07-02-2016 03:41 AM
by markty
27 1,974
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:12 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:12 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy