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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:44 PM
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Well another disaster of a week.. Couldn't go out Monday & rain on Wednesday... It's going to be one hell of a Tuesday for me.

On Monday I woke up & said I'm going to go at it alone, leave my guy sleeping knowing he's not that useful. I woke up, looked outside my window & didn't really notice that it had rained. It looked dark, which I thought was a good thing considering it's not the dreadful sun. ... I had my coffee, my shower... Put on some clean clothes & tied my boots on.. grabbed my wallet & phone & went outside...

IT WAS PISSING OUT! HOW DID I MISS THIS??? LOL

I hate rain now, so inconvenient. Sure I could have enjoyed the time off, but knowing the workload is piling up just annoys me.


The customer I had who told me to go cut his grass, my money will be in his mailbox - if not ring the doorbell for it if he's home bla bla, he called me today.

Customer: I noticed you didn't cut my grass.

Scott: I went to your house when you said you'd either be there in person to pay me, or the money will be in your mailbox - you weren't there & the payment was not in your mailbox.

Customer: You can't just continue mowing, like you have to have payment right away or what? Is that how you work? I am good for it, you should trust me.

Scott: I hear that a lot trust me, & it's nothing personal when I say I require money before I do any work. I have been burned before & just keeping myself safe.


I'm so fed up with these fools. I don't walk into a grocery store, load up on food & tell the clerks, "I'll pay soon, you should trust me".

Life doesn't work that way. Why do people seriously expect it from us?

What is it about our business that is so different from the rest when it comes to transactions/payments?

You hire a service, pay for it, the work gets done...

IF ANYTHING our business should be the most well understood for being strict with payments, as every dollar is strictly required to run our operations, we bust our asses!

What do you guys think? You ever get fed up about this crap?

People are always trying to take us for a ride, they always want to cheat us out of business.
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Look for work you can do on rain days, we spray as rain is ideal and required, we pressure wash as you are going to get wet anyhow. I personally excavate as all but one excavator has a cab and if it's light rain we will chip wood.

I mentioned this before as we had to find something to mow grass that was still wet, we don't mow in the rain, a friend in the states told me about these meg mow blades, the results in wet grass is shocking. I hate mowing wet grass and it goes against everything but sometimes we have no choice.
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It is funny how you always see on the news or TV how home owners get ripped off by contractors i.e. Holmes on Homes (good show by the way) and you NEVER hear about the contractor getting ripped off and not paid. They are the bad guys because they are a business.
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Look for work you can do on rain days, we spray as rain is ideal and required, we pressure wash as you are going to get wet anyhow. I personally excavate as all but one excavator has a cab and if it's light rain we will chip wood.
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Whats your view on this? Could you seek out such jobs to keep busy even when it is raining?

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What ultimately happened with this situation?
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I woke up this morning to see my pool is almost overflowing it's been raining all night and it only stop for 30 min just long enough to get the dogs out, didn't even get around the block still pouring now.

All in all it''s been a good week so far Monday and Tuesday were productive. I'm almost back on schedule, wait with the rain I'm behind again. Life is funny like that. oh well!

Here's a question to you guys reading what do you do when there's nothing to fix, buy or places to go on a rainy day?

I know today I'm getting all my bills together because I like to hand write them as well as updating the books. Time for lots of coffee it's nice to see what money your going to be getting.

Hopefully it dries up for tomorrow.
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Whats your view on this? Could you seek out such jobs to keep busy even when it is raining?



What ultimately happened with this situation?


1. I did start my spraying operation though I haven't gotten around to letting my customers know - I picked up a jug called, "Feed n' Gro" & I'm looking for something to get rid of weeds on the lawns (I'd love a product for this)

Last year was all about grubs & droubt, this year everyone is grub free. Weeds are the major problem now.



2. The guy laughed & understood as he owns a copy & print shop or something (he pays me with company checks so I saw what his company name was give or take).

A lot of business owners, shop owners etc... they all have an understanding towards the frustrations of collecting.

Good news is, I'm going to try to take advantage of my customers where we both win. One customer owns an online shop pretty much like vistaprint, for promotional items & the such.

BIG NEWS:

ANDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD. I'm moving!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been trying to get this apartment complex for so long, so I can manage the lawn & whatever.

Eventually I just decided to have a look at the apartments for rent, I liked what I saw.

Scott: I'm going to think it over, I am very interested.

Tenant: There are a lot of people who want this apartment.

Scott: Who takes care of the lawn here?

Tenant: YOU DO LAWNS?!?!?! OK OK, let me call my bosses & we can all discuss everything, if you are still interested by then I will be so happy!

........... LOL


I like this building a lot, it's very convenient - & I have no time for a house.

Apparently I will be able to take up as much parking as I want, use their dumpsters, & do their snow removal.

Scotty boy might have it made.
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Oh this sounds very interesting! Depending on the size of the complex, maybe you all can work out a good deal to take care of their property for a reduced rent. Or maybe you could even become a super.
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