I thought I would still have time this year to go around getting new clients for fall, but I was booked with all the free ones. Anyway, it was worth a shot and something to try in order to learn the consequences.
I already don't do much spring work, everything is usually wet and I don't want to get wiped out before the lawn maintenance season begins, fall isn't sizzling or as messy give or take, so I will continue to provide the service for paying clients.
Doing free work wasn't as discouraging as I had thought, but it certainly was aggravating. I had some properties that if a client were willing to pay, I wouldn't even touch - but they had to get done this time.
In short, making deals for your customer isn't beneficial to you, even if the plan is to have all the homeowners hire you at once, in hopes to retain them for later seasons once you raise your prices.
Customers = Terrorists
We do not negotiate!