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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Bring on the stress!


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-25-2011, 11:53 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default Bring on the stress!

So I spent 3 hours at a clients place.

Leaf Removal + Lawn Mowing/bagging
Dethatching + Lawn Mowing/bagging


He's all jolly and good spirited, and then he says;
"So what's my price for this year?"

I told him I would have to check his price from last year as I offered him $5/off every month this year for referring my business to 4 people last year.

I was charging him $75/MO last year and I remembered.

I tell him, "Your price is going to be $70/MO".


What does he say to ruin my day?

"I thought I was paying $50/MO last year wasn't I?"


//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


STOP TRYING TO RIP ME OFF GOD DAMMIT!
I've been a kind person, and went the extra mile for this individual every visit - now he's putting on an act trying to get a freebie from me.


I hate this part of business, all the effort in trying to be a friendly guy and BOOM they all start and make an attempt to take advantage of us.

//

It's ok though, I'm not as patient as last year when it comes to letting things go.... LOL ... he'll get the bill!
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 04-25-2011, 03:20 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Personal Update:



After the job above (or below) lol, I did the following;

Cleaned the interior and bed of my truck, shopvac, & rags baby

Did another spring cleanup

Applied topsoil, fert, and seed

Pressure washed my equipment


........ I'm scattered and it's time for a nap!
I just want to cut grass, all this crap is a pain! LOL
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-25-2011, 08:03 PM
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 had a day just like yours today.

I show up for an estimate and a woman with large breasts answers the door.
She then agrees (without hesitation) to the price I quoted for mowing.
She asks about trimming some shrubs. I give her a price and she agrees to that as well.
As I mow the lawn, she comes out onto the deck - now wearing short shorts and high heels.
I bust my a$$ mowing her too-high lawn and when finished, she comes out waving CASH - and there's $5 more than I asked for!
She wants me to come over every week!

Wait. Nevermind. My day was nothing like yours!


Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-25-2011, 08:12 PM
B-2 Lawncare B-2 Lawncare is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 191
Rep Power: 0
B-2 Lawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Yes I am ready to start mowing as well, The seasonal stuff is strarting to wear me down. And I am sure that there is still at least one goood snowstrom just a round the corner.
Little old ladys are the ones who bust my chops about price around here.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-25-2011, 11:35 PM
Paineless Creations's Avatar
Paineless Creations Paineless Creations is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: West Richland, WA
Posts: 205
Rep Power: 7
Paineless Creations is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
I had a day just like yours today.

I show up for an estimate and a woman with large breasts answers the door.
She then agrees (without hesitation) to the price I quoted for mowing.
She asks about trimming some shrubs. I give her a price and she agrees to that as well.
As I mow the lawn, she comes out onto the deck - now wearing short shorts and high heels.
I bust my a$$ mowing her too-high lawn and when finished, she comes out waving CASH - and there's $5 more than I asked for!
She wants me to come over every week!

Wait. Nevermind. My day was nothing like yours!


Hedgemaster you crack me up!! Awesome day.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-26-2011, 09:56 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,927
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What's the best way to deal with a customer like that who tries to cheat you out of money, especially when you are working hard on is property? How should you handle this?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 04-26-2011, 11:50 AM
cleancutlawncare5382 cleancutlawncare5382 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 7
cleancutlawncare5382 is on a distinguished road
Default

I have a customer thatís a bit of a slow payer. So far Iíve been lucky, I remain patient and the money eventually shows up. She ended last season ( Nov 10) w/ $25 balance. I received payment sometime in Jan 11.

I think common sense ďon our partĒ will carry us a long way. Most times I know when Iím about to get the short end of the stick. I try to remain professional but not vulnerable.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-26-2011, 04:54 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What's the best way to deal with a customer like that who tries to cheat you out of money, especially when you are working hard on is property? How should you handle this?


There are so many variables which we need to consider, I can't think of a solution at the moment. I'd like to hear some!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-26-2011, 06:11 PM
cleancutlawncare5382 cleancutlawncare5382 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 7
cleancutlawncare5382 is on a distinguished road
Default

Scott If it was me, I would have done what you did.

Explain you think it was $75 but youíre not sure. (Itís always a good idea to leave the back door open). Explain you will double check and get back to him.

I think the important point is heís still the customer. He might not except your quote but thank him anyway and discontinue services. Leave on good terms.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-26-2011, 07:46 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 0
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Man I have no problem like that at all.
Matter of fact in the last 14 days I have worked a grand Total of10 hours.
We have been having near nonstop rain, I have to problems about getting paid at all No work No pay funny how that is.
what a way to start my first season.
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
New Project hopping to bring in more buisness NewLeafca General Talk 4 08-12-2010 04:36 AM
Cant seem to bring in customers, any help? Jamboine81 Introduce Yourself 8 06-20-2010 02:55 PM
Stress tiedeman General Business Discussions 2 01-14-2007 07:15 PM
Stress Steve General Business Discussions 5 03-26-2006 10:39 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Did this job free to...
JJand M Lawncare
05-02-2016 02:33 PM
Today 01:02 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
3 59
Correct way to quote a...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-02-2016 11:52 AM
Yesterday 10:59 AM
by Steve
1 48
How to tell Cust. to...
GeeGood
04-09-2008 09:55 PM
05-02-2016 02:45 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
13 5,213
Having an issue with...
Mr. Mow
04-27-2016 03:58 PM
04-28-2016 05:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 124
Hello From Virginia
JJand M Lawncare
04-25-2016 01:02 PM
04-27-2016 05:20 PM
by Steve
5 151
knowledge is Key
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-23-2016 02:23 AM
04-25-2016 02:40 PM
by Steve
2 138
Hello from Calgary
Freshcut
04-22-2016 06:10 PM
04-25-2016 02:38 PM
by Steve
1 128
Echo Bed Redefiner...
NPM_LLC
04-12-2016 10:54 AM
04-22-2016 06:15 PM
by Freshcut
4 328
Has anyone done a garden?
Brian3137
03-28-2016 10:42 AM
04-22-2016 04:42 PM
by biglee
13 9,775
What would you charge?
markty
04-18-2016 03:28 PM
04-22-2016 09:01 AM
by chris2500hd
6 314
Replaced Mower Engine
Sprinkler Buddy
04-15-2016 06:21 AM
04-19-2016 11:03 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 271
Hello from Oklahoma
Ron Hall
03-24-2016 06:59 PM
04-16-2016 03:51 AM
by Ron Hall
9 9,480
Laying down some stripes
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:55 PM
04-14-2016 11:55 PM
by Steve
3 355
Find out what business...
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:58 PM
04-13-2016 12:32 PM
by MATTNAPIER89
2 301
Hello my name is Matt
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:46 PM
04-13-2016 12:58 AM
by Steve
1 250
How to drop some...
nickeckes
04-11-2016 01:07 AM
04-12-2016 05:22 PM
by Steve
4 324
Trash Receptacle for a...
tannerduncan
04-12-2016 05:02 PM
04-12-2016 05:19 PM
by Steve
1 231
Small Project Lawn
tannerduncan
03-31-2016 08:21 PM
04-12-2016 05:16 PM
by Steve
7 9,357
Please Help! Bidding...
Dorali
02-15-2016 12:02 PM
04-06-2016 01:08 AM
by Steve
36 13,088
Hello
pbcleff
04-05-2016 07:45 PM
04-06-2016 12:35 AM
by Steve
1 423
Hello
llewelwa
03-18-2016 12:47 AM
04-05-2016 12:14 AM
by Steve
3 9,352
Poop and Scooping
llewelwa
04-01-2016 05:48 PM
04-05-2016 12:08 AM
by Steve
1 9,132
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
04-04-2016 05:33 PM
by WarriorLandscapingCAN
2 9,303
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:14 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:14 PM.

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