I am an employee, what these guys are saying is about right in terms of employees. I have been with the same company for over a decade and enjoy working here. I get 1 week vacation a year (I take it in the summer), paid Holidays (I think about 6 or 7 a year), if I am sick a day or two or there’s a rain day-- I still get paid for the week (I just make the days up, I am dependable and reliable so there’s never an issue). I get paid for my gas, I use my own truck but am paid for using it. I am covered under Workman’s Compensation from the company.
He’s a straight shooter and keeps me employed year-round. I consider him my mentor, and enjoy working for him. Mainly I am working by myself, there are times I do not physically see my boss for days on end-- but we have good communication and I know what needs to be done. He tells me to “Treat them like my own” and I take this job very serious as any employee should.
He is aware of my side work, hell he was the one who told me to “get your feet wet, there is so much work out there”. Out of respect, I do not nor have I ever “poached” a customer in 10+ years. That’s not how you do business, I can get my own work on the side and not step on anybody’s toes. I use the salary to pay my bills and invest into my WC business-- Win/Win
My friends in the business pay in the same range you are listing. They are finding out that your business is only as good as the people you have working for you. Good help is hard to find, I have witnessed many of the problems you have when you are responsible not only for YOUR business and life, but now the EMPLOYEES as well. I am clean cut, no record, own vehicle and friendly-- I thought that was no big deal until I started listening to other business owners LOL. Anytime I help them, it’s nothing less than $20 an hour due to my experience and whatnot---- I collect 3 W2s throughout the year. When my current company is out of season (in the summer), I go down to part-time for a few months (32-35 hours a week)-- that is when I work for myself or my friends so I keep busy year round. It’s not even work to me anymore, we try to always have a good laugh and work together. Couldn’t see myself doing anything else!
Reading from you guys is an added benefit, there is so much good info from all of you guys. The brains of the business are on this forum, you guys definitely know what you are talking about.