Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

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.

Ever have one of those weeks?


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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-10-2011, 08:36 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 5
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Cool Ever have one of those weeks?

Well it started on Monday my Stihl Weed Whacker would not start so into the shop it went, Luckily I have a cheap Weed-eater FS25 that I can use in a jamb.
I get on my first lawn Late and my Toro won't stop surging and leaking gas around the carb. So its back to the shop to get my Mastercraft back up.
I get my four jobs done 220,000 Sq Ft of lawn with a push mower no self propelled mower for the day.Monday night I take Toro carb apart and find the seal it shot so Tuesday I order Carb kit, Dealer tells me it will be 10 days for delivery so I,m off to do my days work with my back up gear.
Wednesday man am I soar my legs my arms, Good new my Stihl is ready $85.00 to clean it up and replace a Carb kit in it.
Thursday I put away the mowers and weed whacker's and pull out the hedge trimmers and the ladders It's a beautiful day for trimming a hedge.
Friday I get a surprise my Toro carb kit is in early so off I go to get it, I take a hour in the morning to install it and get my trusted Toro going again.
Life is as it should be Sun is shining the wind is light and I have all my gear back and running, What could possibly go wrong now, I go to firer up my Stihl weed whacker on my last lawn of the day and "POP" "CLUNK" "ZING" SPOINK" the pull cord is hanging out three feet and won't go back in
Thank God its Friday .
I can't wait till Monday just to see how Mister Murphy is going to top this week.
__________________
Ducke's lawn Care and Introducing Duck's Seasonal Decor.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 06-10-2011, 09:42 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Yeah, this is a rough business when your equipment starts to fight you. I'm taking my circa 2001 blown up Toro into the local repair shop tomorrow to see how much it'll cost to bring her back to life. I really, really, really need it for a backup. My new less than 1 year old mower went down recently and they weren't going to fix it. I guess I complained enough that they got me going just to get rid of me.

If I had the backup I wouldn't care so much if they had it for a week.

Here's to a better week for you next week!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-11-2011, 12:15 AM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

I've had "one of those weeks" for two weeks now.

Thankfully, it was all "scheduling" issues and playing catch up, and not equipment related.

That said, my Craps-man (Craftsman) blower started choking out on me last week. One job I was running the mower out onto the wide sidewalk to turn around at the end of every pass - clippings EVERYWHERE. No big deal, I just blow them down onto the driveway, and over the hill into an area suitable for such debris. Well, it's no big deal when your blower is WORKING!
Pull cord. Pull cord. Pull cord - sputter... Pull cord - sputter... Pull cord - "whhaaa-uuhhhh-uhhh-uhh-ungh." (stalls)
"MOTHERF#$@&#%!!!"

Pull cord. Pull cord. Pull cord... curse. Pull cord. Pull cord... wipe sweat from brow. Curse more...

Out came the broom. Sigh.
It started up again later, but it was hit or miss all week. Sometimes it would start, other times it would not.

I bought a new Stihl blower today - that Craftsman is going back to Sears for repair or replacement and then I'll use it as a backup.

Note to self: Buy backups BEFORE you need them!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-11-2011, 07:41 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,850
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you find that as you are in business longer, your ability to make it through such situations gets better?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-11-2011, 08:53 AM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 5
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
I bought a new Stihl blower today - that Craftsman is going back to Sears for repair or replacement and then I'll use it as a backup.
Buy some Mechanic in a Bottle and run that threw your blower it should fix it.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-11-2011, 08:54 AM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 5
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ducke View Post
Good new my Stihl is ready $85.00 to clean it up and replace a Carb kit in it.
Next time you take it in for a carb problem ask about a carb replacement. a lot of times it will save you money.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-12-2011, 04:07 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 5
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Do you find that as you are in business longer, your ability to make it through such situations gets better?
The big thing is not to panic, Don't let your customer see you freaking out or jumping up and down on your non-working tool.
Act cool calm and go get the back up and show your prepared for anything that might happen. Your customer will be impressed at your professionalism.
You will learn from experience that you need to back up everything major and minor. be it back up pens in your truck to a back up ride on at the shop be a good Boy Scout and "Be Prepared"
__________________
Ducke's lawn Care and Introducing Duck's Seasonal Decor.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-12-2011, 04:10 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 5
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wandfsmall View Post
Next time you take it in for a carb problem ask about a carb replacement. a lot of times it will save you money.
My Stihl guy charges $60.00 hour minimum of one hour.
So $60.00 for labor and $25.00 for parts is not to bad.
__________________
Ducke's lawn Care and Introducing Duck's Seasonal Decor.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-12-2011, 09:43 PM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 5
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ducke View Post
My Stihl guy charges $60.00 hour minimum of one hour.
So $60.00 for labor and $25.00 for parts is not to bad.
yeah I guess I was just trying to save you money as I only charge $10 to replace the carb.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-13-2011, 12:56 AM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 5
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wandfsmall View Post
yeah I guess I was just trying to save you money as I only charge $10 to replace the carb.
also look up the carb by the zama numbers and the kits are a lot cheaper
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Busy 2 weeks swstout General Talk 4 08-03-2010 07:25 AM
Three Weeks In solitary Confinement MikeO Starting a lawn care business. 3 12-06-2009 05:32 PM
28 weeks later? Steve General Talk 0 05-12-2007 07:25 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Greetings from above! (...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
Today 05:29 PM
Today 05:29 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
0 23
Fencing help
Knaubone
Today 02:36 PM
Today 02:36 PM
by Knaubone
0 25
Just Quit?
ringahding1
Yesterday 06:23 AM
Today 08:50 AM
by rmccutchan
9 203
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
Today 08:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
4 145
French gardener owner's...
didgreen
Yesterday 09:10 AM
Today 02:25 AM
by didgreen
3 104
Thanks for all the posts
WheatGrass
Yesterday 06:38 AM
Today 01:29 AM
by WheatGrass
2 97
hows it going.
uppercut
Yesterday 05:01 AM
Yesterday 11:16 PM
by uppercut
3 103
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
Yesterday 11:11 PM
by uppercut
2 88
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
Yesterday 10:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 885
adding something new...
veteranslawncaresystems
01-28-2015 12:13 AM
Yesterday 09:15 PM
by veteranslawncaresystems
6 210
Crunch time 2015!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 08:57 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by Chilehead
2 109
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
Yesterday 07:46 PM
by Chilehead
11 913
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
Yesterday 04:47 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 485
whats this briggs?
uppercut
Yesterday 12:40 AM
Yesterday 02:49 PM
by Steve
1 73
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
1,202 364,006
Lawn Mowing -...
ringahding1
Yesterday 07:05 AM
Yesterday 07:05 AM
by ringahding1
0 49
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
01-25-2015 01:02 PM
01-29-2015 08:14 PM
by lxarth
8 297
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 09:13 AM
01-29-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
6 267
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-29-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
15 517
New to the forum
LCRobert
01-26-2015 10:21 PM
01-29-2015 09:11 AM
by ringahding1
7 244
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
01-28-2015 12:26 PM
by Steve
21 3,239
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
01-28-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
44 16,134
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
01-28-2015 12:08 PM
by Steve
29 9,507
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-28-2015 11:04 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 644
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-27-2015 09:01 PM
by jrs.landscaping
43 10,416
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 12:30 PM
01-27-2015 07:24 PM
by avetslawncare
4 177
New to group
ron@alpine
01-27-2015 08:45 AM
01-27-2015 01:29 PM
by Steve
1 145
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
01-27-2015 01:27 PM
by Steve
13 834
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-27-2015 07:42 AM
by ringahding1
9 375
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
01-27-2015 07:31 AM
by ringahding1
6 316
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,658
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 204
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 449
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 212
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 356
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 344
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 399
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 571
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 390
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 721
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 458
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,277
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 624
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,572
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 543
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 355
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 281
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,868
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 752
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 449
» Popular Tags
4wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment complex applying auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush collections deliquentaccounts ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris first truck flyers foreman four wheel drive google gopherhaul grass growing a lawn care business hiring husqvarna introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing mr dave mulch per hour charge per hour service podcast pricing pto push versus ride reo running a business seo shell small engine repair snow plowing square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns steve sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack up sell employee walk behind
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy