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  1. Hi All,

Been a while since I've posted on here but have been a member for a few years. 

I'm after some advice, we are a small business but have grown over past couple of years and have a great reputation locally and online. The trouble is we are getting that many enquiries I am struggling to keep on top of it - without having to work 25 hours a day - as well as actually having to do the work. One day last week we had nearly 30 phone calls. 

I'm considering getting a subcontractor in with the skillset to lay flags, lay turf and erect fences. So me or my brother can free up ourself to answer calls and view quotes etc. We currently have two labourers who dont have the skills to do this work on there own. The business has enough work for two teams with one of us concentrating on the back end of the business.

My worry is because we have a good reputation I want to make sure we get the right person in. So the questions I have are:-

How would you go about vetting a subcontractor?

What rate of pay can I expect to be paying for someone who has that skillset as well as there own van and hand tools?

Where would you advertise for this kind of person? 

I'm prepared to arrange materials and plant and tool hire and even provide a labourer if needed. 

Sorry for the long winded post just wanted to put you in the picture .

 

Any advice would be appreciated .

 

Thanks 

Ash 

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