RE: hiring help
I've been the sole gardener at an estate for 15+ years and recently made the decision to make fine gardening my focused career (I left a previous vocation). I now have a number of clients and have come to a place where I need to hire help if I want to expand my business. There are a myriad issues it seems with hiring and after searching for info at length online with little success, I thought I might find some advice here.
Our season here runs from about mid-April-end of Oct., with May and June being very busy, as is September. Summer is slow.
How to hire someone when work is sometimes sporadic is my dilemma. I could possibly keep someone busy 5 days a week May into June, but once July heat hits, things can be very slow until fall cleanup starts.
Would a semi-retired person be an option? (though a young guy would have better stamina and a stronger back)
Where do you find seasonal help - Craigslist?
Are there landscape job boards?
Do you hire as independent contractors or 'work-for-hire' ?
What about insurances? Necessary?
As I'm just starting up, funds are tight and currently am not making enough to pay benefits, etc., but I also cannot expand the business without taking on new clients, which means I'd need to hire. I feel a bit like a cat chasing its tail.
How do other small fine gardeners/landscapers (1-3 people) deal with this issue?
Thanks for any insight.