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 recently. You may be thinking, “how in the world do you pay piecework for cleanups?” Let me explain.

The Key To Managing Piecework In Your Spring Cleanups Is Labor

When you estimate a cleanup, you already estimate how long your guys are going to take to do that cleanup.

Let’s say you built in four hours to do the cleanup, plus the mulch, plus whatever else that you’re going to put in there. Include edging and the extra bells and whistles.

Those four hours are what you would pay on the piecework system.

You rate it as a four-hour job in CLIP, and then you can run the piecework just as you would with a mowing job.

The Best Thing About Piecework Is Letting Your People Work

What if your folks were able to get the job done in three hours?

That’s good for them and good for you because that means you’ll be able to squeeze one or two more cleanups into that day’s work.

That’s just more profit in your pocket.

Piecework applies to cleanups, to projects, and mowing.

Take the labor component out of your estimate and put it in there as your man-hours for that job. That tells you exactly how much you’re supposed to pay on piecework.

Free up your crews to use their intelligence and their ingenuity to figure out how to do things better, faster, and with better quality.