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    Hello,

    I was just curious if anyone here has anyone working part time doing deliveries to customers for them. If so, how do you pay them? Do you include mileage on top of the rate? I'm looking to hire someone part time to deliver for me and I'm kicking around ideas that will make it worth while for both parties.


    Thanks,
    Kevin
    Last edited by milligkl; 01-28-2019 at 05:12 PM.

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    I only have 1 old lady that I deliver to (a family friend for over 60 years) and I do it myself. Then I also handle stocking my only retail outlet. All of my other customers either buy at my home, the sugarhouse (by appt.) or order online.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
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    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
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    Quote Originally Posted by milligkl View Post
    Hello,

    I was just curious if anyone here has anyone working part time doing deliveries to customers for them. If so, how do you pay them? Do you include mileage on top of the rate? I'm looking to hire someone part time to deliver for me and I'm kicking around ideas that will make it worth while for both parties.


    Thanks,
    Kevin
    What kind of quantity are you looking to Deliver, I Deliver alot of syrup, but I tend to do it at my convenience, that way I just plan it around trips to town. I just get my customers In the habit of giving me adequate notice. Rarely have i made a special trip, but if someone wanted 10 gallons this afternoon I'd find a way to get it there.
    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

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    If you're a small producer then you want to avoid any employees! Hiring someone comes at hidden costs that might someday bite you. Let the post office (or Fed Ex, etc) do the delivery or do it yourself. If a worker's comp problem occurs (that syrup is heavy!) then you could be responsible. Or maybe they have an accident while making the delivery. If the person makes an unemployment claim then they might list you as an employer and you should have paid SUTA and FUTA. And on and on and on.

    The way the laws are written, you have a lot of employer responsibilities even if you hire them as a contractor. The government has criteria that must be met to qualify as a contractor relationship so that the "contractor's" responsibilities remain with them and not on you.
    Last edited by TapTapTap; 01-29-2019 at 06:55 PM.
    Ken & Sherry
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    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
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    I do the same as Nate. Usually I get enough advanced notice to work it into my schedule. Only occasionally a problem.

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