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 > Business > Lawn Care Employees Discussions

Lawn Care Employees Discussions Discussions on lawn care employee related issues.

Employee incentives


Lawn Care Employees Discussions

Discussions on lawn care employee related issues.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-15-2008, 02:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default Employee incentives

What kind of employee incentives do you offer to get your employees to help your business grow?

This is from an older post discussion I had with James where we talked about his business cards but also discussed employee incentives.

Quote:
Steve: “James can you tell us the advantage / disadvantage to not having a name on the business card?”

James: “Well part of our bonus structure promotes our foreman to bid jobs and actually become salesman. This eliminates the need to have individual cards for everyone. Plus we are growing quite rapidly, and I don’t want everyone knowing I am the owner. People automatically assume that since I am the owner, I can magically fix everything. Billing issues is the secretary’s job. On the job issues…ie…gates left open…(they do need to be handled, but I force my foreman to take responsibilities. If a customer calls the office to mention the gate issue my secretary calls the foreman and not me. The big one is, EVERY CUSTOMER WANTS MY CELL NUMBER!!! Plus I like the look of it with less lines on the business card.”

Steve: “That is fascinating and I think a very smart move, it must be cost effective!

Getting to your bonus structure, would this mean if your foreman is out on a job and the customer says they need a new retaining wall, your foreman can create a bid on the spot to do the job? Or how does that work? How are they trained to know how to bid?”

James: “In a situation like that, they would fill out an estimate request sheet in their daily route book with their name on it. My secretary sets up the estimate. Upon receiving complete payment, he or she get their bonus. It ranges between 2 and 4% of the total job not including tax. So if it’s a $10,000 job, he can stand to make up to $400.00. Not bad huh?? And it’s all factored in to the numbers of the estimate so it doesn’t cost me a dime. For lawn estimates, they get the amount of the first cut as a bonus.”
__________________
- 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


  #2  
Old 07-28-2008, 06:41 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Any thoughts on this? Or do you have your own ideas you can share?
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 10-03-2010, 05:36 PM
MMYardService MMYardService is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 6
MMYardService is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Any thoughts on this? Or do you have your own ideas you can share?
I like it.. Would like to hire someone to do nothing but sales, and pay based on contracts signed.. Just not sure how to work it out..

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-03-2010, 09:21 PM
jklawncare's Avatar
jklawncare jklawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 577
Rep Power: 6
jklawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

the thought of this will forever be in my head
things would run so much more efficiently
i plan on sticking with this job even out of highschool.

i went job hunting and i never thought of it..but compared to working for minimum wage.. im making a KILLING

i have my doubts and flaws but people keep reassuring me that i can do it.
im a smart business oriented kid and i can work things out.

i may not be school smart but this is one thing i can do.. even the math portions some how..

well as that was completely off subject

this is a great idea and i LOVE that lawn estimate idea of them getting a bonus of the first cut.

that would encourage alot of workers to go out and get new accounts for me.
__________________
Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
"Where Service is Always in Season"
Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-04-2010, 12:39 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
i have my doubts and flaws but people keep reassuring me that i can do it.
What doubts or flaws do you feel will hold you back? I think a lot of newer business owners battle with this and a discussion on it might help everyone dealing with 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
  #6  
Old 10-04-2010, 12:51 AM
jklawncare's Avatar
jklawncare jklawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 577
Rep Power: 6
jklawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
What doubts or flaws do you feel will hold you back? I think a lot of newer business owners battle with this and a discussion on it might help everyone dealing with it.
Alot holds me back and i have alot of doubts on myself and my work, im not the most confident of people.

I tend to overthink alot and it frustrates me to the point where i lose confidence.

I doubt often that my company will really take off. Mainly because once it gets going something intervenes to ruin it for me. Even if i have no control over it i still tend to blame myself for it. I have many flaws that the list could go on and on but related to the business id say my top 3 are: Making Decisions

i cant make decisions for the company, it has gotten easier and i think i have a good way to view things. Plus everyone here helps when i cant seem to choose. Im afraid one thing i do will send me down the drain.

my second flaw would be saving money:

ever since i was a kid i couldnt save my money for what i wanted. I always had to go out and buy the new toy instead of getting the one i wanted for a year. Its the same today. Im a little better with the companies money than my own but i could still improve. I think a list of things i need before i spend it on advertising, minor equipment etc will help alot.

sales kill me. like the overstock sale at 696 signs where i bought my car decals. I could have refrained from that but i had to get it. Its a good thing he did a good job and i dont regret it or id hate myself for it haha

my third flaw would be trust

i trust people too well and i let them off too easy
if im going to run a business i need to crackdown on this
i started with a partner that didnt work much and wanted more and i encouraged him to stay until i realized that i couldnt run a company with him.
Ive hired several friends and when they don't do a good job i let it go and fix it myself. Im too nice a guy i suppose

i plan on changing that as well

So my main goals for the new season next year are too:

Save my Money for the mower, trimmer, and blower.
Make better company decisions including who i hire to work.
and
Be more confident. If i tell myself i can do something it will work.
__________________
Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
"Where Service is Always in Season"
Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
employee incentives

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
Marketing Incentives Longs Lawn Groomers Starting a lawn care business. 11 07-16-2008 09:01 PM
Employee tiedeman Lawn Care Employees Discussions 3 02-21-2007 10:09 PM
Are business tax incentives fair or not? Steve General Business Discussions 0 03-02-2006 07:02 AM
Got Employee's? ritchiem Lawn Care Employees Discussions 2 10-11-2005 07:41 PM
Employee Tab Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 7 12-01-2004 02:47 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
What's include in a bid?
ppl
Today 01:19 PM
Today 01:19 PM
by ppl
0 1
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
Today 11:24 AM
by nwgirl
4 319
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
Today 11:12 AM
by jrs.landscaping
25 533
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
Today 11:05 AM
by nwgirl
4 551
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
Today 10:59 AM
Today 10:59 AM
by Just for Cuts
0 16
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
Today 10:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
16 624
pros and cons on...
Wolf4dk
Today 12:26 AM
Today 10:27 AM
by Chilehead
3 48
Hi from the beautiful...
nwgirl
02-07-2015 06:01 AM
Today 10:23 AM
by nwgirl
4 621
New Website
brian'slawncare
Yesterday 06:35 PM
Today 08:00 AM
by Chilehead
2 48
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
02-27-2015 01:07 PM
Today 07:40 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
4 94
Online Estimator
acrajchel
Yesterday 05:58 PM
Yesterday 11:32 PM
by Just for Cuts
2 58
Opinions on truck wrap
Truro
02-28-2015 04:21 PM
Yesterday 11:32 PM
by Chilehead
5 144
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
Yesterday 01:46 PM
by Chilehead
8 594
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Yesterday 12:38 PM
by Mr. Mow
42 1,347
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
02-27-2015 08:54 PM
by Bradcook21
5 209
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
02-27-2015 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,829
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,763
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 521
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 126
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 118
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
02-26-2015 02:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 727
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 134
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 472
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,809
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 249
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 242
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,851
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 682
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 656
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 285
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 281
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 239
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 266
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 262
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 429
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 594
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 297
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 629
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 513
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
02-19-2015 04:43 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
29 2,679
Thumbs up or down?
lawnman1959
02-18-2015 11:40 AM
02-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Chilehead
3 428
Am I growing too fast?
Mattcrump
08-04-2011 11:54 PM
02-19-2015 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 5,226
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
02-19-2015 12:31 PM
by Steve
1,215 372,244
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
02-19-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
16 1,486
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
01-31-2015 10:58 PM
02-18-2015 01:32 PM
by Steve
5 1,133
Taking a step back
Billy Goat
02-16-2015 07:37 AM
02-18-2015 01:17 PM
by Chilehead
9 609
Employees
stevej
02-17-2015 05:25 PM
02-18-2015 12:47 PM
by Mr. Mow
1 418
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
02-17-2015 07:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,036
Cannot access your Itune...
winkie61
02-17-2015 10:00 AM
02-17-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 366
Advertising on internet...
Sprinkler Buddy
02-13-2015 01:22 PM
02-17-2015 01:00 PM
by Steve
9 690
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ad landscaping apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying blowout bob villa bush commercial contract help deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches door hangers edging employee problems estimate facebook four wheel drive google gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes how to hydraulic jobs landscape landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets more customers business new mower ordinance patio install per hour service podcast profit on employee scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape web design website won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 PM.

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