Hey Tree People,
I own a small tree service business in Westminster Colorado and need some help. I'm going into my 5th year and the business is growing like crazy, looks like it's time to expand. So far it's been just me and a few regular ground crew guys to help with swinging cuts and cleaning up. I'm thinking about hiring two full timers next season; big step involving lots of new variables. My biggest obstacles thus far are the following:
1.) whom to hire
2.) necessary insurance
3.) how much to expect to pay them.
I'm thinking a certified arborist first of all because I'm not. I stick to basic trimming jobs and take outs and that's done well for me up to now. I'm getting into bigger jobs and a few small commercial accounts, one requesting a certified arborist. I would like to become certified through ISA myself, but no time to deal with that yet. Also for a second person just a cutter / climber / rigger. I need ideas on what the going rate is so I can start working on a budget for next year, obviously including workmen's comp insurance and any other necessities. Any help / advice would be greatly appreciated.......