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 > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Backstabbers!


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-07-2010, 12:52 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default Backstabbers!

A competitor had agreed with me not to go after each others clients.

As I was passing out 'scheduling letters' for spring cleanups, I found one of their "envelopes" inside one of my customers mail boxes.

Does this mean war? What should I do? I am personally ready to go after their clients! It sucks that I was holding back, but now it's so beautiful.

I got my truck keys right here & I'm considering this very much.

Alright, I sat here for an extra second... I'm going out.



Why miss an opportunity, especially when they are after my clients?
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 04-07-2010, 02:11 PM
SuperiorPower
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Personally, I would go contact the competitor and not bow to their level. That is my vote.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-07-2010, 02:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,381
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

These types of agreements are tough to maintain. How are you supposed to know who their clients are and how are they supposed to know who your clients are?
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 04-07-2010, 03:25 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default Breezenator

Quote:
Originally Posted by SuperiorPower View Post
Personally, I would go contact the competitor and not bow to their level. That is my vote.
Too late, lol.

I see it as being competitive, now their customers can decide to switch or not.

I didn't offer them anything special (discount) for switching, same price as usual for every other client.

I'll win their clients with honesty, not by being a prick. lol.

That was a fun trip today.

I'll see how many lawns I get out of the 75+ I visited today.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-07-2010, 03:28 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
These types of agreements are tough to maintain. How are you supposed to know who their clients are and how are they supposed to know who your clients are?
It's information we have shared with each other in the past.

I usually sub out hedge work for garden work. Weird stuff.

It's as if the town is getting so much more smaller with all of this competition, this is where everyone drops their allies & goes after everything they can grab.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-07-2010, 04:48 PM
brian'slawncare brian'slawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
Posts: 380
Rep Power: 5
brian'slawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

If i were you I would not lower myself to their level. I would contact the competitor and discuss where the boundries are. Then you can see if maybe they had the boundries mixed up. Getting in a fight like this is not good for your buisness of for your health (stress). If he understood what he was doing was wrong, offer a discount ( 10% ) for switching to your service. Keep us updated.....
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-07-2010, 05:02 PM
brian'slawncare brian'slawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
Posts: 380
Rep Power: 5
brian'slawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

can anyone tell me how to make a post like be the one to put out the topic ex:backstabbers ?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-07-2010, 05:59 PM
jklawncare's Avatar
jklawncare jklawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 577
Rep Power: 5
jklawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Id talk with the guy first..and if he knows hes doing it..go right back at his..offer something simple..but so enticing theyll want to switch that second..

and brian you go to the forums tab and click new thread under what section you want it under..
__________________
Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
"Where Service is Always in Season"
Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-07-2010, 08:31 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

The problem is, there are no boundaries for the both of us. We both focus hard on a certain part of town, the best part.


GUESS WHAT?! The customer called me (the one with the letter from my competitor) and he told me about what this company was offering.

They basically took the text off my flyer, & added it to theirs!
Free fall cleanup, etc. 7% discount, etc... it goes on.

They also stole my idea from last year, the SAME gift card idea.

Once this customer called me & said this, I grabbed my keys AGAIN, & headed out.

My phone has been ringing ever sense, my last bid for lawn maintenance was at 8:15pm. I was all over town.

Every customer that has called, is with me now.

The clients told me they had bad experiences with my competitor, good news for me.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-08-2010, 12:01 AM
kdexpd's Avatar
kdexpd kdexpd is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: N.E. Missouri
Age: 35
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 6
kdexpd is on a distinguished road
Default

Scott you're killin' me! HAHA! Good for you. All's fair in love, war and lawn care! Hey the way I see it, business is business. He wanted to lie and cheat, and you wanted to be fair and honest. Now he'll think twice about not only his decision, but also his quality. It won't take long once word has spread to get most of his accounts. HE shot HIMSELF in the pinky toe! You just showed up to step up to the plate and win the game.
__________________
Kendrick
Cedar Lawn Care Services, LLC
Kirksville, MO
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
Today 03:58 PM
by stevef1201
8 208
new to the forum
SGlawncare
Yesterday 11:20 PM
Today 01:57 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 75
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Today 08:38 AM
Today 12:56 PM
by Steve
1 41
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
Today 12:44 PM
by Steve
56 6,517
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
Today 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 415
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
Today 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 234
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Yesterday 10:43 PM
by SGL1
6 313
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
Yesterday 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,086
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
Yesterday 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,743
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 01:16 PM
by Steve
21 1,174
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
Yesterday 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 983
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 667
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 293
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 271
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-15-2014 02:31 PM
by Steve
1 236
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 299
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 991
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 772
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 894
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 254
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 126
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,686
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 509
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,160
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-14-2014 03:06 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 682
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-13-2014 09:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
116 7,890
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,180
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 701
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,420
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 907
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,503
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 410
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,143
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,205
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 607
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 890
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,671
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 969
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 584
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 542
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 620
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 644
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 893
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 965
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 867
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-02-2014 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 781
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-02-2014 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 854
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 780
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
09-01-2014 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 967
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 1,273
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate butterfly gardens care charge christmas deliquentaccounts estimate exmark fall ferris financing foreman four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday how much to charge introduction john deere quik trac kansas city labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf cleanup lesco lighting managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic mowing new buisness new business new mower outdoor environments podcast property management company push versus ride reo rotating scag scripts search engine optimization season seo snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl theft tips toro tractor auger trailer mate pro walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:21 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:21 PM.

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