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.

Zombie = Me


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 12-26-2011, 06:48 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Thumbs down Zombie = Me

Left for work at midnight, got home at 6:30AM just to take a break... I actually woke up yesterday around noon.

I'm half way through my work, but now I'm slowing down and feeling the pain. Oh god.... It's almost 8AM, and I'm procrastinating, but I gotta go back out soon.

You Americans are lucky, I would have hired so many illegal immigrants by now!

If I'm not on the forum by tonight, it means I'm dead somewhere. I predict that I will be home at approx: 3PM/5PM.

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 12-26-2011, 11:06 AM
Liberty Landscaping LLC Liberty Landscaping LLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Posts: 243
Rep Power: 6
Liberty Landscaping LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
What are you doing snow removal?
__________________
Liberty Landscaping LLC
www.libertylndscpng.com
Woodbridge, NJ
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-26-2011, 11:17 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Ya, shoveling walkways like a champ.

I've been awake for over 26 hours now.

And I can't even sleep right now... lmfao

I gave up right now, 12PM. Not really done yet, but I'm just not in the mood to care right now... lol
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-26-2011, 12:02 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CHEESE2009 View Post

You Americans are lucky, I would have hired so many illegal immigrants by now!
/img]
We can deliver them all you have to do is ask.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-26-2011, 05:04 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

When are you getting a snow plow or is that not in any of your future plans?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 12-26-2011, 05:13 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

I would be wasting my time with a plow, the competition is too great.

I just need some people who can work till they feel like puking when it comes to walkway clearing.

I'm worried any random stranger will want to be dropped off within the first hour. Because I own a company, I have a drive to get things done. Heck, even I wouldn't work for myself!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-27-2011, 03:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Why do you feel it has been so hard getting some people to help?
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 12-29-2011, 03:58 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Why do you feel it has been so hard getting some people to help?
Depending on what part of town you are from, you will carry a certain attitude. A lot of people who apply are from, "that part of town", and I would like them to stay far away from me, lol. I reverse search all incoming email addresses to figure out as much as I can on those who apply.

Others who apply, you can tell right away how useless they will be. I'm not picky, but I just like my workers clean and to also take pride in their work (rare). Pace is very important to me, as I move fast and anyone who slows me down is going to get on my nerves.

A lot goes into the following;

1. Who can I tolerate for hours without making my duration with them miserable? An entire day in a truck with another exhausted person has many outcomes.

2. Do they complain more than me? I am usually encouraging towards assistants, it's my job to keep them happy, and I will always humor them. If all they do is make the work feel like a drag, they have no place with me;

3. Do they have a tendency to discourage or demoralize me with their negative attitude? e.g. "Do we really need to do it? I can't believe how much we have to do.. bla bla".

4. Can they keep up? My body has adapted to punishment, and I have no time to let someone else adapt, they need to push themselves hard from the start. When I wait around, or find myself doing all the work because they aren't as efficient, it becomes a problem.

etc etc...

Maybe I am picky.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-29-2011, 03:53 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

There is no doubt in my mind that you have a strong work ethic that I am sure it would be difficult for others to keep up with. Maybe though with help, would the work load be lessened and therefor allow for someone with less drive to be able to still keep up with you?
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 12-29-2011, 04:54 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
There is no doubt in my mind that you have a strong work ethic that I am sure it would be difficult for others to keep up with. Maybe though with help, would the work load be lessened and therefor allow for someone with less drive to be able to still keep up with you?

In theory of course! In practice, I still can't remove that need to 'rush', even if the hours will be cut dramatically from our workload. It's something I plan to work on! I really wish I could have the good effects of being drunk 24/7, lol.

I believe that it's because I really want to avoid being bombarded with complaints, so the faster we finish the less I will have to deal with at the end of the shift when I'm cranky and trying to sleep.

There is nothing worse than trying to sleep during waking hours and the phone happens to ring the entire time. It's my burden, and I plan to avoid it at all costs.
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
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Yesterday 09:17 PM
by SGL1
14 3,352
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
Yesterday 05:50 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 282
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
Yesterday 05:40 PM
Yesterday 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 39
Billing methods
jcurr33
Yesterday 01:33 PM
Yesterday 01:33 PM
by jcurr33
0 44
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
Yesterday 01:22 PM
by chris2500hd
7 172
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
Yesterday 12:44 PM
by Steve
4 123
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
Yesterday 04:49 AM
by avetslawncare
2 102
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
03-25-2015 08:57 PM
by SGL1
9 444
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 454
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-25-2015 08:04 PM
by avetslawncare
4 159
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,484
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
03-25-2015 07:20 PM
by avetslawncare
6 133
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
03-25-2015 03:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 248
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
03-25-2015 03:26 PM
by ESREVER
25 2,306
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 269
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 154
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,632
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 280
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 107
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
03-24-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 104
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 178
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 107
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 101
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 379,882
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 809
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-23-2015 11:48 AM
by BLC7
18 448
Need some advice about...
Wolf4dk
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
by Wolf4dk
0 160
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,534
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 239
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-21-2015 01:53 PM
by Bradcook21
4 275
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,575
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 159
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 521
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 253
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 448
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 331
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,282
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,002
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 187
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 833
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 253
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 943
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 470
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,683
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 270
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,103
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 09:59 AM
03-16-2015 03:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
10 611
trimmer racks.
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:07 AM
03-16-2015 03:17 PM
by Steve
4 335
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-16-2015 03:11 PM
by Steve
4 333
new equipment
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:12 AM
03-16-2015 03:07 PM
by Steve
7 349
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying blowout bob villa bush commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches door hangers edging employee problems estimate facebook google gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets more customers business mulch new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour service profit on employee scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape up sell employee web design website won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:39 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:39 AM.

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