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Old 07-08-2012, 07:30 PM   #21
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I had the the exact same situation. I hired a young guy with barely any experience but the fact that he helped me finish more jobs faster allowed me to squeeze more calls in a day. It was great compared to working by myself.

The drawback was that he is a typical kid. Very immature, brings his personal problems to work, low self esteem, and lack of respect for authority.

O, and when he didn't wake up, I had to wait 1.5 hours for him to get to me. And because he lived so far away, he was spending most of his money on gas so I couldn't tell him to meet me at the job because I would be going to 4 of them that day. So more than once, he screwed up my schedule. Needles to say, after being late more times than I can count I had to let him go.

My advice is hire someone who stills lives with his parents. That way rent is not hanging over his head. My guy was asking for money every other day. Make sure his personal problems stay home, and write down everything you expect from his uniform to cleaning up and have him sign it. That way there is no excuse when he messes up.

Hopefully he's motivated and mature. Best of wishes.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:42 PM   #22
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Make sure it covers you.. mine doesn't cover me.. only employees..
I found it's cheaper to have a medical policy that will cover work place accidents and purchase a disability policy if you need that coverage.
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I found it's cheaper to have a medical policy that will cover work place accidents and purchase a disability policy if you need that coverage.
That won't fly.. they want WC.. so they don't have to pay on their end..
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Thats a real bummer. NC doesn't require it till you hit three or four (I cant remember) employees. Unfortunately anybody involved in New construction requires it, otherwise I would just carry liability.
So what happens if your one guy gets seriously hurt do you sign your business over to him?
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I found it's cheaper to have a medical policy that will cover work place accidents and purchase a disability policy if you need that coverage.
What if you had an employee killed on the job?
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So what happens if your one guy gets seriously hurt do you sign your business over to him?
Nah, you just close shop, change the business name, re-open, and tell your ex-employee you no longer require his services.

Seriously though, I have no idea. All the work I did before i carried WC was small jobs with little risk involved, and I just rolled the dice. Not saying this is a great business practice, just the way the laws are out here.
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So I think I found a helper that really wants to work and learn, so much so he'll drive from 45 minutes north of here to work for $10 bucks an hour, on a part time/freelance basis.
Any advice/dangers/recomendations about working with new hires appreciated.
I know the simple sh*t like no phones/smoking/, etc.... More from the business end or anything that may bite you in the ass later.
Thanks in advance.
$10 an hour? Shame on you.
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$10 an hour? Shame on you.
For a super-green helper, that's not bad.

You gotta start somewhere and that's probably a living wage for a single guy in Georgia.

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So what happens if your one guy gets seriously hurt do you sign your business over to him?
I had WC for the employees, I just opted out. Never had anyone question the coverage (I guess they didn't look too close).
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Lead by example. Guys learn what they see, not always what you say. It may go in one ear and out the other, but shoe what you expect then repeat why, and he should catch on.
BTW those guys who catch on quick are like 1 out of 7 in my experience.
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For a super-green helper, that's not bad.
You gotta start somewhere and that's probably a living wage for a single guy in Georgia.
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I think it's fair for a start; I asked him what he is willing to work for and he said $10; he's got some limited experience, however he will be informed, like what was previously suggested, of future raises depending on performance and such. He could quickly get to $15 an hour. Good help is hard to find and I was encouraged at his willingness to learn and work and I will reward it to keep him on.
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