posted on Jun, 14 2014 @ 12:28 PM
So I hired a guy in his late 40's. Ex Telus worker to assist me with a large Canadian Tire rollout pulling in data lines coming up. I put out an ad
asking for rates and he came back with 20/hr and 10 years experience. So I interviewed him. I thought he might be undercutting himself I told him but
I would like to try him out with me on a small office job. Day went so/so yesterday but I did have to carry most of the weight. He didn't label the
cables properly, had some issues pulling the cable down while caught on the insulation. Not a big deal. Finished at 2:30 but asked to put him down
till 3 pm. Still not that big of a deal. I paid his parking, gave him .25 km, shook hands and asked him to invoice me.
Then I get an email...
He asked I tell him my rates (so he could "drum up business" with his network of colleagues) and wants 25/hr because I said he was undercutting
himself and what was it? .22/km or .45/ km?
Sooo here we go I guess. I've never had to hire anyone before so this is my first experience dealing with an employee (subcontract). Thing is, it
really bugs my ass the guy wants me to tell him my rates and cut him into my business after just one day. I never divulged my rates and responded
"depends on what you can bring to the table"
So now I'm getting this weird feeling. If he's got such a network of colleagues, then why does he need me? Just go on his own like I did and make
your own business. He asked me about three times already how I go about marketing myself?
I can see he's down on his luck, and I only hired him because down the road I may need to bring on 2 junior techs and do two stores at once. Plus
he's got field manager experience, so I'm giving him a shot. I also told him I can go as high as 25 but I need to complete a couple of 60,000 square
foot stores with him first. Thing is, this job coming up is go go go. 10-11 hr non stop over three nights. I work fast and I need someone to keep up
with me. I'm not sure he can. Now he wants me to "cut him in" ? Oh boy...what have I started here?
Any contractors have the same experience? What do you do, let them go or keep them on?