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.

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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 For Lawn Care – A Win-Win Situation

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 [...]

4 Secrets To Extreme Profits In Your Lawn Care Business — Motivation

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 [...]

Switch From Hourly Pay To Piecework In Landscaping

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 [...]

The Cost Savings of Piecework Software vs. Employee Overtime

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, [...]

Piecework FAQ Session – Webinar

http://clip.wistia.com/medias/ryiqz611t3?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=600 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. What Exactly is Piecework? Piecework simply boils down to work paid for according to the amount produced. For instance, instead [...]

Motivating employees Productivity and Piecework – Part 2 Webinar

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 Piece Work Increases Profitability In part one of this webinar, we discussed how to motivate your employees and improve [...]

Motivating Employees Productivity and Piecework – Part 1 Webinar

Dave Sr. talks about piecework and productivity in this webinar. Shows how productivity improvements can revolutionize your business!! Dave also wrote a book, for that information see: More info on Piecework Click here to watch Part 2 of Motivating Employees Productivity and Piecework. Increased Productivity Means Increased Profits Every business is [...]

Top 5 Objections To Implementing Piecework In Your Lawn Care Company

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 [...]