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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....

What recession?


Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #21  
Old 11-20-2008, 11:46 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,850
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Oh yes, I remember that discussion now. Thanks!

As you are now expanding further, have you thought of more ways to keep your employees motivated to doing a good job and to help sell more services?

Have you thought of employee incentives ideas that might help this?
__________________
- 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

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


Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 11-20-2008, 07:27 PM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
yeah Steve I have, though I won't roll out any programs till next spring.
I was thinking about setting up a bonus structure based on a crews collective production. If they are hitting my targets & I check to verify that their quality of work is good, I'll probably have an available spiff or bonus. If they don't they don't. But if they don't perform at the levels they should then I'll have to find out why or "who" is causing the slower pace & fix the problem. I plan to make the goals within reach but high enough that they need to perform at optimum levels regularly. If equipment troubles slow them down or the get a mower stuck & it slows them down then they may not hit for that day. but that's the way it is for me now! So they can live by the same rules. If something breaks & costs me an hour or 2 down time I don't do very well per hour that day & it hit's me in the pocket. So they need to help me keep the gear well maintained & inform me of any problems or unusual sounds to stay "on target" or it could hit them in the pocket too.
Not sure if I'll do it weekly or monthly yet. We'll see.
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

  #23  
Old 11-22-2008, 10:04 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,850
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you think there could be some simple incentives a newer lawn care business could institute?

If so, what should they institute? Should it be some kind of percentage?

What about an end of the year bonus to get the employees to stick with you all year and then have money for the holidays when they need it?
__________________
- 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
  #24  
Old 01-05-2009, 11:24 AM
barry barry is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: port charlotte fl
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 7
barry is on a distinguished road
Talking clients

Hi Chuck

Well if you are have a proable with to many clients .them you can sent me sum to. be like sent to you
Barry's Lawns N More

Barry
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 01-05-2009, 02:34 PM
legendlawn's Avatar
legendlawn legendlawn is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Andover, KS
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 7
legendlawn is on a distinguished road
Default

Chuck-
Are both of your employees full time? I have always looked down on having part time employees in this business for several reasons. However I ended last season with 2 part timers after running Me and 1 full timer employee for the first half of the season. Both guys are in college and plan on coming back this summer. One day in particular we are really going to need a 3rd guy this year, but are only going to need me and 1 guy the rest of the week. (starting out). Having part timers allows me to bring in a 3rd guy on certain days, but stay as lean as possible on others.
__________________
Logan Hershberger
Reply With Quote
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 01-05-2009, 06:40 PM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Well last year I had one on full time working 10 hr days mon-thursday (if all went well) & the other worked the same hours but usually mon-wed. Fridays were used to either catch up if we got rained out, or something broke down, or somebody didn't show up. If all went well then fridays were used for trimming, pruning, & landscaping jobs. The 2nd guy was told at the time of hire that it was seasonal & that hours may vary a bit from week to week. I layed him off in mid October. The 1st guy was really good & I planned to work him as many hours as I could posibly justify to keep him on & hopefully make him a crew chief next year. However the dip**** got himself arrested has since made things worse for himself & I don't think he'll be coming back anytime soon. So right now It's back to just me. I can handle thing for the off season along (though I really didn't want to) So for the last couple weeks & probably the next couple months I'm running my *** off solo. I'll start to ramp things back up with hiring in march I suppose.
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

  #27  
Old 01-05-2009, 06:54 PM
legendlawn's Avatar
legendlawn legendlawn is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Andover, KS
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 7
legendlawn is on a distinguished road
Default

aahhh the joys of reliable green industry labor! All of us who have employees know exactly what your going through.
__________________
Logan Hershberger
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 01-20-2009, 12:32 AM
figtree figtree is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 7
figtree is on a distinguished road
Default

Seeing how this is a seasonal business do the employees collect umemployment during the down season?
__________________
2010 Ford F150 4x4 STX
6x12 Trailer
Exmark Turf Tracer HP 48"
Exmark Viking 48"
Craftsman push mower 21"
Echo Trimmers
Echo Blowers
Echo edgers
Reply With Quote
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 01-20-2009, 08:50 AM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Great Question.....
I technically hire my guys through a day labor service so they are employees of the service not mine, so I don't need to carry unemployment insurance. Yeah you could get hit with that.
I hire my guys on at my choice though, send in their application & the company gets them on the books in about 5 minutes. I've never just called & gotten a "day labor guy" to come work for me.
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

  #30  
Old 01-21-2009, 02:48 AM
figtree figtree is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 7
figtree is on a distinguished road
Default

Wow! I never thought of that. What's the average charge for a day labor? What about workmans comp? Do you have to provide it or does the day labor service provide it?
__________________
2010 Ford F150 4x4 STX
6x12 Trailer
Exmark Turf Tracer HP 48"
Exmark Viking 48"
Craftsman push mower 21"
Echo Trimmers
Echo Blowers
Echo edgers
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
2 man crew, 3 man crew, employees, hiring

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
Are you concerned about a recession? Steve General Business Discussions 8 11-13-2007 09:07 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Fencing help
Knaubone
Today 02:36 PM
Today 02:36 PM
by Knaubone
0 20
Just Quit?
ringahding1
Yesterday 06:23 AM
Today 08:50 AM
by rmccutchan
9 191
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
Today 08:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
4 133
French gardener owner's...
didgreen
Yesterday 09:10 AM
Today 02:25 AM
by didgreen
3 99
Thanks for all the posts
WheatGrass
Yesterday 06:38 AM
Today 01:29 AM
by WheatGrass
2 97
hows it going.
uppercut
Yesterday 05:01 AM
Yesterday 11:16 PM
by uppercut
3 99
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
Yesterday 11:11 PM
by uppercut
2 82
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
Yesterday 10:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 877
adding something new...
veteranslawncaresystems
01-28-2015 12:13 AM
Yesterday 09:15 PM
by veteranslawncaresystems
6 206
Crunch time 2015!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 08:57 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by Chilehead
2 100
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
Yesterday 07:46 PM
by Chilehead
11 907
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
Yesterday 04:47 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 481
whats this briggs?
uppercut
Yesterday 12:40 AM
Yesterday 02:49 PM
by Steve
1 70
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
1,202 363,978
Lawn Mowing -...
ringahding1
Yesterday 07:05 AM
Yesterday 07:05 AM
by ringahding1
0 45
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
01-25-2015 01:02 PM
01-29-2015 08:14 PM
by lxarth
8 288
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 09:13 AM
01-29-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
6 260
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-29-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
15 510
New to the forum
LCRobert
01-26-2015 10:21 PM
01-29-2015 09:11 AM
by ringahding1
7 237
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
01-28-2015 12:26 PM
by Steve
21 3,227
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
01-28-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
44 16,117
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
01-28-2015 12:08 PM
by Steve
29 9,492
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-28-2015 11:04 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 635
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-27-2015 09:01 PM
by jrs.landscaping
43 10,404
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 12:30 PM
01-27-2015 07:24 PM
by avetslawncare
4 173
New to group
ron@alpine
01-27-2015 08:45 AM
01-27-2015 01:29 PM
by Steve
1 140
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
01-27-2015 01:27 PM
by Steve
13 825
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-27-2015 07:42 AM
by ringahding1
9 369
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
01-27-2015 07:31 AM
by ringahding1
6 314
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,651
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 200
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 448
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 207
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 353
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 343
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 397
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 566
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 387
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 715
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 452
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,275
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 614
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,571
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 537
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 348
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 276
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,866
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 744
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 444
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 09:07 AM
01-13-2015 09:37 AM
by Chilehead
18 1,943
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment complex bark billy goat brushcutter blades bob villa collections commercial demonstration edging employee problems equipment rental ferris first truck flyers foreman gopherhaul grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic introduction landscape landscape services lawn aeration lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mr dave ordinance past due patio install per hour charge podcast pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride reo running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shell shreaded small engine repair sq ft square foot steve sulky toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape walk behind web design won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:15 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:15 PM.

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