It’s almost springtime and that means you’re going to be doing spring cleanups soon. That’s a good thing because usually they’re very profitable. In fact I know a couple of companies that all they do is spring and fall cleanups and they don’t mow grass. We’ve been talking about piecework […]
Piecework is the difference between paying your people by the hour or paying them by the job.
If you pay your folks by the hour, think about what you're doing.
When you hand them the paycheck, you're essentially telling them "Hey, the longer you take, the more money I'll pay you. And, if you can stretch out the work that I've given you for this week into more than 40 hours, I'm going to pay you time and a half!
That's right; I'm gonna bonus you for taking longer! Isn't that nice?"
Well, I've been on a couple of walks, and I see other landscape companies and I know which ones pay by the hour.
The one company that I saw just a couple of months ago, the guy was sitting behind a tree texting on his phone while the lawn mower was idling away. I can guess that he's an hourly guy because he's making the same money texting on his phone and working.
Don't you think there's a problem with that?
You may think that this is the way it always is. It's the way everybody pays. But, it doesn't have to be.
That's what this blog is all about — is to try to improve and try to do things a little bit differently.
At the beginning of the partnership, take a moment to step back and think logically. Ask your partner what you’ll need to do if you decide to undo this partnership. Decide who will owe money, who they’ll owe the money to, and how much they’ll owe so that you can dissolve the partnership.
You’ve probably noticed if you’ve been using CLIP that everything in CLIP is based on man-hours. Here’s how to use CLIP to pay with Piecework.
Last week we introduced you to Piecework, or if you’ve been around a while, refreshed your memory. This week we’re going to talk about how CLIP helps you pay with Piecework. You’ve probably noticed if you’ve been using CLIP that everything in CLIP is based on man-hours. You have a […]
If you’re like most landscape companies, especially this year, labor is hard to find. And motivating your employees to do that labor is even harder sometimes. Piecework can help make motivation a non-issue. We wrote a book on piecework and all of this information and a lot more it’s in […]
When I worked as a lawn care business’ crew manager, my guys would take 2 hours just to get their trucks ready and leave the shop. And when they finally started, they still made their regular stop at 7-11 for coffee plus random breaks throughout the day — all while […]
Do You Have Trouble Motivating Your Team? Last week we discussed the first secret to extreme profit — The Perfect Customer. This week we’ll tackle the next step; motivate your employees to strive towards excellence by using piecework. 2nd Secret To Extreme Profit — Motivation Here at CLIP, we get calls all the […]
As the season slows down, it’s a great time to re-evaluate your pay system for your employees. Piecework is becoming a favorite new way to pay employees, and there are a lot of great reasons for it. If you’re on the fence about paying your employees piecework instead of hourly, don’t […]
I just talked to my mechanic today. I was dropping off my minivan to get the struts repaired ($1000.00 job. I’ve done the work before but don’t enjoy that job). He had some business insights that we can learn a lot from in our industry! Working harder, not smarter He […]
I remember distinctly working on a tree house with my Dad on a bright sunny day (one where you squint your eyes because the sun is so bright). That day he taught me an important lesson about anticipating need. He was framing the walls for the tree house (think 10′ […]
Is Piecework Legal? The short answer is yes. The long answer is; it’s complicated. With more employment laws changing it seems like this is a great time to cover the legal aspects of piecework. I am not a legal professional, and can’t give you direct legal advice. I can, however, […]
How do you start with piecework? What if you have jobs that won’t work with piecework? Dave goes over how to implement piecework for landscape and lawn maintenance companies.
How do you motivate your employees? Dave Sr. goes over the 2nd secret to making your lawn care company more profitable and more manageable at the same time. For more info on motivating employees see this article
How do you measure your lawncare employees efficiency? CLIPxe has reports that give you the power to measure and grow your productivity.
Part 2, practical questions and answers about piecework. Dave and Jonathan talk about how piecework works for a company in the “real world.” For more information about piecework see this article
My Grandpa’s funeral is today, and few things can make me think more about a family business legacy than him. Is it worth it to have a family business? In some cases, family can be exactly what holds a company together. In others, it seems like a business can be what tears a […]
How fast do your employees mow? Maybe lawn care isn’t ALL about speed, but we both know that speed and efficiency are top priority when you are watching your man hours! If you just save 2 minutes on each lawn you mow, a 12 property day takes you 24 minutes less time […]
Here are some helpful tips on talking to your guys about piece work (or any new incentive) Teach your team Concept 1 – Let’s all win! In a traditional pay model the company loses when the employees are inefficient. When they exceed their goals they lose because they don’t see any […]
We’ve been talking about piecework for years here at CLIP. We’ve spoken to thousands of companies over the years about implementing it in their business. On this site alone you will find dozens of resources including articles, videos, webinars, and excerpts from my book about it. Many of the customers […]