Landscaping pro Tony Bass offers advice on hiring the right help

Hiring? Stop complaining about the help. Instead, find a way to get better help

It would be easier to run your own hardscaping company, to install pavers and seat walls and fire pits and water features, if there were two of you.

Not happening.

But what you can do is hire on some help. You might say that the young people of today are lazy and unmotivated and that nothing can be done. And you would be wrong.

The secret’s not in hiring help, it’s in hiring the right help. Tony Bass, who has been in the business since 1987 and who has, by his own estimate, signed more than 25,000 paychecks, has just distributed a free mini-course to teach you how it’s done.

Writing in the latest issue of Hardscape Magazine, Bass writes that he’s seen that contractors aren’t finding and hiring the right people because their own hiring methods are outdated.

If Amazon opens a new distribution center in your town, they will bring in their professional human resources team and find 500 people to fill the positions needed to run that operation paying around $15 an hour. The same story applies if Home Depot, Lowe’s, McDonalds or Chick-Fil-A opens a new store. The people will magically appear and the store will open.—Tony Bass

hiring landscaping professionalsBass wrote that he himself became so frustrated with employee turnover that he began studying the field of human resources. Bass said he read books, attended seminars and hired consultants.  It worked.

When he sold his contracting business, his management team had been in place with no turnover for six years and crew leaders on his 30 crews had an average of three years in their positions, all at a time when the unemployment rate was at about 4 percent.

You can no longer run an ad that says ‘Experienced Crew Leader Needed’ and expect to have people beating your door down to work for you. I’ve been teaching contractors how to change their employee recruiting and hiring process to a well-planned marketing and purchasing system inside their company.—Tony Bass

Bass offers a free mini-course titled: The Easy Way to Hire.

The seminar covers:

  • How to avoid the five biggest hiring mistakes almost every contractor makes.
  • How to attract five to ten times the number of applicants using 13 free techniques and one paid advertising strategy.
  • How to use precisely targeted job ads to attract the high-quality, motivated job seekers.
  • How to use simple technology to automatically disqualify lazy and unreliable job applicants.
  • How to lower the cost for every new hire by from $2,000 to $6,000 per year.
  • How to improve your retention rate starting at the moment you offer someone a job.

Bass urges his readers to download the guide and study it, so that they, too, can change their hiring system and find reliable employees to help them grow theirHiring for landscaping crews businesses.

About Tony Bass: Bass is the co-author of The E-Myth Landscape Contractor: Why Most Landscape Companies Don’t Work and What to Do About It. He is the creator of the Automatic Hiring Machine Training Program. He can be emailed at or called at (478) 822-9706. More information may be obtained by visiting

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