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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.

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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.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:31 AM
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I had three jobs lined up to complete this weekend, I expected to be able to do one and start the other yesterday, but manually edging all the flowerbeds took way to much time and effort. So now i have to try to get my other one done today/tomorrow evening and postpone the other. ( I don't have a choice with the other because it is laying sod and they only get sod in on fridays) I have 2 estimates to go give for landscaping and one mowing still to do from last week. I only do this part time and my friend helps me out, but I am falling behind and it is really overwhelming me.

Needed to get that off my chest.
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I hear you. Working solo and with a full mowing schedule, I have a really hard time finding time to complete additional projects.
If it rains and I have to bump cuts, well, there goes the day I had set aside for projects.

I'm limiting the odd jobs to small things like planting flowers, or cutting up a fallen tree - a small tree. I have two people that I've been trying to get mulched for 2-3 weeks now. I can't say "yes" to any other projects until I can complete the ones not finished yet.

I know that they say that the project work is where the money is, but when you have nobody to help you do it, sometimes the money isn't as all that enticing.
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My wife would always yell at me and say "Thats a good thing!!!" But it does get overwhelming.

I guess its good your busy though!!
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Yeah it's good that I have the work, but even with help its still very time consuming. Luckily I managed to get off work tomorrow so I can finish the second mulch job, and maybe get the brick edging installed at the other job, the sod installation is going to have to wait until next week
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I'm used to the stress of being behind, but I can never get used to impatient clients who want things done the moment they put in a request.

Drives me mad.
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Oh those feels. Not enough hours in the day, not enough days in the week.
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Yeah it definitely does get overwhelming doing it all yourself and playing dodgeball with mother nature. I always get all my lawns mowed every week. I don't do the whole "you get mowed on tuesday but it rained so you don't get mowed till next tuesday thing". If it rains tuesday and is nice on weds i have to get tues/weds done in one day.

Most of the time people call me with other projects and I have to tell them it's gonna be 2 weeks cause I just don't have time to get there.

Weekends usually consist of either work, brush dump runs, sharpening, greasing, power washing equipment, truck, trailer ect ect ect ect ect ect ect ect ect ect. Definitely not enough time in the week but if there was any more I'd fill it with more ect ect ect ect.

Guess it's a good thing for all of us bitching, must mean crews to help and mountains of money are coming soon.
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Well its all a lesson learned.

Don't give people a specific day unless you know you can do it. I told them all I would get it done this weekend. Well that didn't happen. If I have one or two jobs I can defiantly tell them I can do it, but any more jobs after that will have to be pushed back later, and then I can start them early if I have time. I think that was the part that really bothered me, I gave my customers a date and i can't hold it up on my end, but it is all well, I talked to the lady about the sod and she is okay with the wait. So that made me feel better.

Secondly, I will never manually edge a bed again. There was just entirely to much work that went into doing it manually and way to time consuming. It all had to be cut, then shoveled out and hauled to the truck. I believe the edging alone took over 4 hours. At least with a machine edger it just piles it onto a pile inside the bed which you could just cover by mulch then.

Thirdly, I should have had another helper. The job I am going to finish today, I started the day a little late yesterday because of the weather ( I didn't get to the job until 11). Still we got everything trimmed up, weeds pulled and it all ready for mulch except for two corner flowerbeds just need some dead decorative grass chopped down and its ready. If I would have had a third person, while me and my friend were trimming and cleaning up the third could have been moving mulch, all the yard waste could have went on the trailer and the truck bed was used for the mulch. That extra person, which would have been an extra $50-60 out of my profits for that job, would have saved a tremendous amount of time. I am sure almost all of the mulch could have been done yesterday with a third person.

This was a really good learning experience for me, it has give me a lot more understanding about how long a job can take, but since I am only doing this part time I think if I have a couple jobs that need done I will get two people to help me out. If its simple mulch jobs, two guys with 2 wheel barrows 1 guy spreading, that job would be done in a fraction of the time. But like I said overall, I have learned a lot, I am hoping today doesn't take anymore than 6 hours so I can go and get the edging installed at the place I am going to install sod.
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I almost always edge by hand. When I have long straight runs I use an edger but all the curves and corners are done by hand. It does take time so you definitely have to account for it. You will get better at time management as you go along.
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I had three jobs lined up to complete this weekend, I expected to be able to do one and start the other yesterday, but manually edging all the flowerbeds took way to much time and effort. So now i have to try to get my other one done today/tomorrow evening and postpone the other. ( I don't have a choice with the other because it is laying sod and they only get sod in on fridays) I have 2 estimates to go give for landscaping and one mowing still to do from last week. I only do this part time and my friend helps me out, but I am falling behind and it is really overwhelming me.

Needed to get that off my chest.
it happends. i fall behind for a week in each project for this season i have done 5 complete back yards and lets say 9 small projects 1 to 2 days.(walkways, planters, small reataining walls. grass install. dirt spredding) well over a period of 4 months working 7 days per week from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm, keeping a regular mowing schedule 43 clients (which i only offer every 15 days mowing) running really thing and with low energy. im still pending in a pergola from last month. lady pay full material and labor. i call her and told her i was going to delay her work for a 15 days since she want it 12x12 bins for the support and they had to be special cut. she says its fine i am not in a rush. found out people will wait if u do good, affordable, quality job.

in my case people understand i am a really small biss most like a one men show, still drives me nuts and im really exhausted.

i have learn a lot from this experience. and its you can should only eat a nice plate, a drink and desert.


this year i build for my bizz reputation. and word of mouths. almost ready to hit those 110. degrees i wont probably take any landscape jobs till fall. and only focus o mowing.


pretty cool dude if u are young, and handsome like me let it rip. pay no attention to ur feelings, relax calm down, take a deep breath ull make ur magik.
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