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Old 04-15-2012, 03:20 PM
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I dunno... I've had calls for a few of the yards as you described. (and turned them down)
Overall tough, I have a pretty mixed bag of "types" that I've gotten from Craigslist. To say that "wealthy people" don't use Craigslist is just not accurate.

I can't tell you what you should or shouldn't "take", but I will say this as a new guy going into my second season - If you fill your schedule with low-pay jobs, you won't have any time left for higher paying jobs when they present themselves.
I've retained almost all of my clients from my first season. I have a limited amount of spaces left to fill now and I've already turned down several jobs this spring because I either (a) Don't WANT them, or (b) don't want to work a low-paying job that I will regret taking.

I just picked up a biweekly that I'm getting $50/cut for. It's not terribly difficult and I think I can trim the time down to about 35 to 40 minutes after I get more familiar with it. Why fill that slot with a $15-$25 job?

Last season I took almost anything I could get. One thing I learned is that there are plenty (at least in my area) of people out there looking for a good lawn guy. No need to "settle" for the first lawn that comes your way.
That's a great point. We aren't really selling lawn service, we are selling slots in our schedule. The point is to fill it with the best possible jobs.
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That's a great point. We aren't really selling lawn service, we are selling slots in our schedule. The point is to fill it with the best possible jobs.

On average how many slots a week can one team of two handle. I know that this will vary based on equipment, lot size, travel etc bust just an average idea.
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On average how many slots a week can one team of two handle. I know that this will vary based on equipment, lot size, travel etc bust just an average idea.
I don't know how to answer for anyone other than myself so I really couldn't give you an actual average. I've got 50 slots in my schedule now. 8 are purposely left open for miscellaneous work, estimates, equipment issues and breathing room for rain delays. 8 other slots are shared by 16 customers being bi-weekly. I'd estimate a crew of two would be able to handle near 75 slots but just the sound of that gives me a paperwork headache.
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I have a few in the bad part of town...It's hard to work with a Glock on your hip! LOL!
I made it half a day with a Kimber CDPII before I gave in an and switched to a Ruger LCP in a pocket holster. I don't even notice it.
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Try working in Rockford IL which is the 9th most dangerous city in the US. I have a few accounts in the better parts but I dont even go look at places in the bad areas. Its just not worth getting robbed shot or stabbed over. Also do you actually think they would pay you? Go try and collect your monthly $100 from a place like that. You did make a mistake though! you wasted your time and gas and safety to even look at it.
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We work everywhere... the real problem here is property theft from everybody's cars, not that much of anything else. But the main thing I don't want us to do anymore is properties that are just too far away. We're stuck with some of those now because my brother had to take whatever he could get last year and the customers stayed on. I'm trying to convince him that we NEED to drop some people.
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