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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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I was out from 6am till now (2:30pm)

I drove around all day handing out flyers & business cards.

I pulled up to every person on the street & handed them my envelope(flyer inside with card) with an extra card. I spent 10 minutes discussing with each person about my bid & what I can do for them.

I used, "This & that looks like it should be done, my offer is such & such. You have my card, you can call me later, there is no pressure"

The start of my day was funny... I had my Breeze shirt inside out

Took 3 potential customers to tell me that until I believed them.


I'm just blown away...

Everyone wants Breeze.

I am going to have so many enemies this year, you have no idea.

I am wiped out.

I need to hire, I need to hire now!

Damn teenagers man, them & their school. They get out of school in June right?

I didn't miss this stress, lol.
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Were you stopping at any houses at all?

Have you gotten signs on your vehicle yet?
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Were you stopping at any houses at all?

Not necessarily. I have a list of people who have had other companies. I matched their prices & my personal approach is what got them to want Breeze. Next year my price is going up. Though I profit with what I offer them now.

I don't think I will be handing out flyers to every door/street.

I thought I did pretty well just catching people enjoying the nice weather sitting outside of their homes. I was so surprised!

The best part of my day
I landed 6 clients on one street 5 blocks away from home. One of those clients got me 3 other clients on a street very close to my home.

One person I talked to said he didn't need anyone to do his lawn, but then he talked to two of his neighbors, BOOYA! Got em'

Have you gotten signs on your vehicle yet?

Not yet, it's actually annoying me. My sign would have helped me out big time yesterday. I'm sad, lol. I want my damn magnet!!!!



Anyway, so I got a few responses from people who would be interested in working, though they don't look as if they could handle it. This is stressing me out the most.

I don't want to hire people who don't go to school, because they might come out with their own lawn service & f' me over.

It's a nightmare. One kid wants to work with me, I hired him for the company I had previously worked for, & I had to fire him & the company didn't give me the money to pay him.

I still feel as if he thinks I owe him money, but it's not me who does & I had nothing to tell him, so I didn't answer any of his calls.

Anyway, other than that, I don't like his attitude. He would have been perfect, he lives right down my street lol... OH WELL.

I really need to find some punk... Though, I just know I'm going to lose my mind if I hear one of my mowers eating rocks.

This is going to be one crazy season. Damn...

I thought I would be where I am NEXT year, my clientele is ahead, but my resources aren't. Very tricky.
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I don't want to hire people who don't go to school, because they might come out with their own lawn service & f' me over.
Is it not normal for lawn care companies to have new employee's sign a no compete? Say for like a 25 miles radius and for 2-5 years?
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Is it not normal for lawn care companies to have new employee's sign a no compete? Say for like a 25 miles radius and for 2-5 years?
It's easier to just make their life a living hell, to the point they wouldn't want to start their own business. Lol.

Gotta always criticize. Always. Then tell them you appreciate their work, so they stick around. Good cop, bad cop.

They will stay with me hopefully because we have short hours, & receive good pay... It's like being in a bad relationship but with great sex. You can't leave.

I want my assistants to be the best, they just can't hear it from me.

I had a guy ask me how much it took out of me to get where I am today. I told him it's torture, expensive, stay in school.

I'll hire someone without a license.

LOL. I am a bad man.

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I landed 6 clients on one street 5 blocks away from home. One of those clients got me 3 other clients on a street very close to my home.
This is quite amazing.

For those trying to re-create this in their area, are you simply driving down a street, if you see someone outside their house, you just stop and talk to them?

If you see someone just walking down the street you stop and talk to them?

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This is quite amazing.

For those trying to re-create this in their area, are you simply driving down a street, if you see someone outside their house, you just stop and talk to them?

If you see someone just walking down the street you stop and talk to them?

Or is there more to it?
I basically drive onto a street & there is always someone with their garage door open, working on a summer project.

There is always someone watching their kids from their driveway as the kids bike around.

There is always someone sitting on their porch.

Always someone just getting home from work.

I lied, this isn't always... I just got lucky!

I did go through an entire tank of gas driving around aimlessly for the day, but it sure helped.

I picked up a few clients today also, I'm on a role!

My ford has no magnet yet... though it's expensive looking. I wear my Breeze shirt, my hat is at some girls house...

I see a potential client, I pull up near by... I get an envelope ready, along with a business card.

I leave my truck & hand them my materials & give them a heads up on what my offer is.

THOUGH, before I hand them my material. I say things to lighten up the mood.

"Not bad weather huh? Just wait, I hear we're getting some flurries next week! Hahaha"

"I'm with Breeze lawn service & I thought you would be interested in our offer, I'll go over it with you right now if you'd like, the last person I spoke to almost hired someone else because she didn't know lawn maintenance meant lawn cutting, I had to explain to her lawn maintenance was lawn cutting"

Bla bla bla...

"So you have my card, feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. I have to get going now, I just got a call from *street name* & don't wanna keep the man waiting. Have a great day, summer will be here soon!"
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Just in Time for Breeze Lawn care HAHAHAHAHAHA

Just kidding, good luck buddy !
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Just in Time for Breeze Lawn care HAHAHAHAHAHA

Just kidding, good luck buddy !
That would be a golden future. For sure!

Imagine if everyone shared the same name? We'd be #1 everywhere.

A website with a list of #'s for areas we service...

How incredible would that be.

The lawn service guild. Damn...



That would be too cool, kinda like a franchise. Our popularity would skyrocket.
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That would be too cool, kinda like a franchise. Our popularity would skyrocket.
Shhhh don't tell everybody our plans Way to go, you've ruined it !
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