Chesapeake & Midlantic
I always did when I was a trunkslammer. It's cheaper than hiring a crew, and you don't need to be highly trained to unload trucks, carry cable, hold ladders, etc. And if a guy is half decent and speaks a few words of English, you give him a permanent job and train him in. If not, you never have to see him again. There's no such thing as being slow and not making enough money to pay your guys because you don't have guys. Just get a big box of hats and t shirts and windbreakers with your company logo on it and keep it in your truck. Boom, instant professional looking crew, just add cash.
I have also hired day laborers for inventory, cleaning out the truck or garage, picking up and dropping off stock, washing the truck, and other duties, anything that needed two hands and a willing attitude and not much more.
I know a trunkslammer who bought a plow for his truck and a couple of snowblowers. When it's snowing too hard to take the truck out on the highway and he can't get to the jobsite, he becomes a snow removal service. He gets a couple of day laborers to clear walkways while he plows, and he keeps their cellphone numbers because he has guys he likes better than others. He makes money, the laborers don't have to worry about whether or not they'll find work, and people walking around town wearing his logo and telephone number is always helpful.
Similar to Ari, espencially digging trenches. A rent-a-drunk works just fine for trenching.
IPVMU Certified | 03/12/15 02:22pm
We have never used day laborers. For those of you who have how did you work that out with your insurance provider?
No - IBEW, CWA, bonds, prohibitive contracts, and prevailing wage projects are prevalent in the areas I work within. Even if none of the above applied I would be very cautious about using uninsured installers on my projects. It takes only one large mistake for a company to lose face, insurability, and profitability.
IPVMU Certified | 03/13/15 03:12pm
So Ari, since you are apparently the sole member brave enough to utilize the day labor pool, can you tell us how much cheaper it is?
Can you pay $20/hr and bill $80/hr? That can buy a lot of aspirin!
For Labor, wire pulling, Clean up, Basic Non experience task which you just need a second hand to help out.
I ususally sub out to someone else and include in scope to transfer to others as part of thier responsiblity.
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