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What do you do then if you can't show up or don't think you should mow that day?
Sadly, I have to resort to avoiding a few of my customers calls. I don't want to avoid them, because it gives me a bad image - yet I can't straight up tell them to stop calling me and that they are irritating me.


I used to not mind speaking to my customers, but as I grew it became more of a headache. Every time it rained, I would know to prepare myself for the following conversations;

1. Why didn't you show up
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2. Can you do my lawn today, it's going to rain tomorrow


They are both arguments waiting to happen, and they won't like what I have to say. I don't give them a chance to guilt me into doing something that shouldn't be done, it's too stressful.



I'll respond to an email, where I have space and time to think of how to respond/react. Talking on the phone is a trap, the only way out is to do what the customer wants or to be on bad terms and do what's right.




I find this to be the biggest problem in my business, if I can solve this I would be happier. It's hard to tell a client to chill the heck out, because the awkwardness can be really bad especially for the clients that like to be your shadow.
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I just got a phone call from another client. Didn't answer because it would go like this;


Client: My grass wasn't cut today, and Thursday is the day you are supposed to come.

Scott: Your grass is too short and will be cut next week, bla bla.

Client: I am very unsatisfied with your service, you say you are coming on Thursdays. Do I get a discount?

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What's your advice then to new lawn care business owners who when they start are eager to take every customer's calls but as they go, it becomes more and more of a grind. Is there a way to deal with this to keep the business owner happy first and then the customer as well?
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What's your advice then to new lawn care business owners who when they start are eager to take every customer's calls but as they go, it becomes more and more of a grind. Is there a way to deal with this to keep the business owner happy first and then the customer as well?

The only thing I can think of, is to grow fast and hire someone to do it.


Every customer you have is equal to a nagging girlfriend without the perks. There is only so much "noise" you can handle before you want to create a completely automated business.

Thank you for calling,
Press 1 for services
Press 2 in order to make your payment
Press 3 to find out if you have been fired

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Make a contract that says, "Don't talk to any of our staff, ever..."
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I do wonder how many of the other members on the forum deal with the same issue and just dont bring it up.
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