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View Poll Results: What affects you the most?
Equipment is always breaking down. 1 3.45%
It's difficult to make a decent profit. 3 10.34%
Your customers are unreliable. 5 17.24%
Your customers are always asking for you do to little favors. 0 0%
Your customers are too talkative and eat up a lot of your time. 1 3.45%
You find it difficult to provide better quality while maintaining lawns. 1 3.45%
The weather is always slowing you down, no matter how hard you try to get ahead. 3 10.34%
You often go out of your way for your customers, and in return it goes unnoticed. 2 6.90%
You don't have enough time to focus your attention on all corners of running your business. 8 27.59%
You find it difficult to stay motivated throughout the entire season. 5 17.24%
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Yeah, in all honesty - drop the guy and never look back if you can.




If the client brings fuss to you, he is no longer worth your time. This is now my personal policy among others I need to enforce.
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"You find it difficult to stay motivated throughout the entire season"

That's my biggest problem. I'm fine when the season is in full bloom and most all lawns are mowed weekly. But right now it's the in between time when lawns can go 2 or more weeks before a cut. And then some people give you the stink eye even then when you show up to mow. So I got some down time waiting for the leafs to fly....and the snow to blow.
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Maintaining the passion for what we do is extremely difficult.

When we first started, we impressed ourselves and saw that we could accomplish something wonderful.

Over time, many things will interfere with what we enjoy, and put our passion on standby.


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For example, when I'm seriously bored.. I'd rather go cut someones lawn for free, than to do a client of mine. It's refreshing, and I don't have the weight of the business on my shoulders.
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Maintaining the passion for what we do is extremely difficult.
I think this is a very good point. What's your view on the things a business owner could do to help keep that passion for his business going?

How does one keep from becoming bored of it?
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I think this is a very good point. What's your view on the things a business owner could do to help keep that passion for his business going?

How does one keep from becoming bored of it?

I think it's almost impossible. When we add more responsibility into our lives, the more hectic things become. In business, it's hard to look at the bright side when we have too much on our plate.

When we maintain lawns, we adapt to a pattern - all it takes is one out of place client to ruin that comfortable pattern. For instance, if you expect to go cut a lawn and leave, you might be discouraged when you end up talking to a client for 30 minutes straight. You normally think of the time you've wasted, over the clients well being. Negative negative negative, and we can't change that.

Every problem, even the tiny ones can ruin a full day or week. Problems sit with us until they are solved, and it's hard to keep a clear mind and just enjoy the good side of life.
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Babysitting employees........
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yeah, In All Honesty - Drop The Guy And Never Look Back If You Can.




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Babysitting employees........
That is true with any business. I have been so fed up at times with a lot of my businesses that I have actually told myself that I quit..... then about 30 minutes later I change my mind and start dealing with employee crap all over again. lol

Right now I'm very lucky. I have 2 perfect workers. Keep in mind I never make anyone work weekends but one called me tonight and was talking about this $800 job that needs to be done and it needs done by Saturday night. I said, well, I guess they will have to find someone else to do it. And then I was told that they can handle it no matter what day it is. So I told them if they get it done I'll give them $500. I've worked too many weekends and I don't believe in making anyone work weekends so if they are going to work hard for me, I'm going to make it worth it to them..... and I'm sure $500 is much more to them and will help them out a lot. But I'm just happy to have such great people working for me.
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I realize I haven't been doing this long but in the short time I have I love it. Like my wife says, I can always be negative about whatever but honestly, just to be healthy enough to keep doing it and have customers willing to give me a shot is a blessing. The rest is life. We all know, it happens.
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