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Last night i decided that it's time to go from having one full time employee, working with me, to getting another van and employee next spring. It'll be my 10th year of trading next year so it seems fitting. My plan is to send the new and old employee out on my current round of regular commercial and residential maintenance jobs and get a small, cheap Transit connect and new set of tools for myself and work alone picking up all the one off jobs i am currently turning away. That way i can guarantee the new employee the hours straight off. Has anyone else made this jump in this way? I think i will be posting lots of questions about new tools, van and hiring over the next few months!

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Helen

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  • Hi sounds just what I need to do, currently sub contract, so you mean there going to be on the books if so what sought of rate are you looking at paying them ???
    So as long as you have say 70hrs maintenance your ok but what happens in winter if you have contracted the jobs ie divided by 12 with less visits in winter, how do you get enough hrs for the 2 ?????
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    Hi sounds just what I need to do, currently sub contract, so you mean there going to be on the books if so what sought of rate are you looking at paying them ???
    So as long as you have say 70hrs maintenance your ok but what happens in winter if you have contracted the jobs ie divided by 12 with less visits in winter, how do you get enough hrs for the 2 ?????
  • PRO

    I explain to anyone working for me there are less hours for 3 months of the year. It's gardening! My current employee tends to save most of her holiday for the winter period. Plus they will have all the regular maintenance in the winter and i will go without the extra work if necessary.

  • PRO

    Yes they will both be on the books. One will be earning more than the other as they will have qualifications and be the driver.

  • Only 3 months with less hours? Im in manchester and my work drops off for 5 months (end of October to near end of March), just wondered if its generally warmer in brighton, so you get a longer growing season?

    Helen GreenGirl said:

    I explain to anyone working for me there are less hours for 3 months of the year. It's gardening! My current employee tends to save most of her holiday for the winter period. Plus they will have all the regular maintenance in the winter and i will go without the extra work if necessary.

  • I work in Sussex and find Brighton to be one of the best areas to work in the winter as it is usually a bit milder by the coast than inland.

    In Sussex I'm usually still cutting grass at the start of November and this can resume for some clients as early as the end of February some years.

  • PRO

    Yes have been cutting grass in November also! We had a few cold winters recently but normally pretty mild.

  • Hi Helen would like to have a chat about the way your working things if possible ??
  • PRO

    Sure

  • Here's my number 07912795381 if you text me I will give you a call thanks

    Helen GreenGirl said:

    Sure

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