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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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**** dude those arent problems worth writing about.
be happy youve got the customer and move on.
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Suck it up cupcake!
**** dude those arent problems worth writing about.
be happy youve got the customer and move on.
Oh, it's good to know that they aren't problems worth writing about.

Thank you for your insight.

But really, if you haven't noticed, I always write about what's going on, regardless if it is or isn't a common problem for people on this forum.

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Just to assist you, I can redirect the posters from my thread to yours, where you talk about your stolen mower. I guess the best thing you can do it suck it up, because we can't help you get your mower back, but we will do our best to understand the situation and humor you

Everyone check here bluebirds thread.


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Each person will be annoyed by different things and also have a different tolerance level for annoyances.

I bet there are a lot of forum members that read this and get something positive out of it knowing that somewhere, someone else is annoyed by their customers too and they aren't the only ones.
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I love reading Cheese's posts. I think all of us have at least one annoying arse customer. I have this one guy. I cut his & his sisters yard. Hers is about 5 miles away from his. If I go cut his first he rides all over the yard in his truck stopping me and saying get in i wanna show you something, i say nah i'll just walk to where you're going but he insists that i ride with him...... so we'll ride like 50' and he shows me a stinking hole I need to watch out for... so we go back to my mower and if i'm lucky he'll only stop me 2 or 3 times. We cut his sisters yard right after his... Guess what... he follows us there and rides all over her yard too doing the SAME EXACT thing he does at his yard.... I learned after the 2nd time of cutting their yards to go cut his sisters first then cut his. We cut his yard today and he never left the porch!!! I asked him if he was feeling well and he said he was fine. The only reason I keep him is because he is an elderly, handicapped man and is super nice.

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wow im lucky. never thaught about this but my person to person customer interaction is low. 95% of the time the owners are not there where i mow. almost all the houses i cut are vacation homes that are only used a few weeks/months out of the year. i was told once by the homeowner stop Weed wackin after about an hour and a half session once. it was on a residence thats a 4-5 hour 1 man job. they told me to come back later when they wernt home. i said OK.....no prob! and came back in a couple days and started all over. but i think they relized the hard work thats put into keeping their place lookin nice.

thats about my only disasterly disturbing disturbance in 2 years of distributing cut grass

as far as the freebies...take them anyway! it makes the customer happy. they want you to have it if they offer it. its almost a form of Butt kissing. They feel all warm and fuzzy after "helpin" you out.

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It's difficult, there are so many retired folks in my community. They all need someone to interact with, and unfortunately that person ends up being me.

Having my guy slave away while I'm stuck talking can be a drag. It messes up our system. In some areas, like Mondays, we can get stuck talking to about 7 of our elderly customers a day for 5-10 minutes each, they have nothing better to do.

I have a client who came out side to inform me that he used to make scarves, and if I ever wanted a scarf I should ask him. - this conversation about scarves lasted forever, then it was a conversation about his dead wife, and how he feeds his dog coffee, and how he grew a large tomato once. Then it begins, he talks about every single plant in his garden, then his grandchildren, then his neighbors, etc.

^ all of this gets repeated every time I maintain his lawn. He has memory issues so he must tell me the same story all the time, and often forgets who I am.

Now imagine that this is only one customer, but I have several like this. You can see why I want to rip my hair out. LOL.

Ringing a doorbell to say hi to a client, just to have good 'client relations' is never simple as just saying "Just wanted to say hi" - no - this could put me in a trap where I'm stuck chit chatting all damn day and not getting any work done. They will want to talk to me about their family and how well they've all grown up, and about their previous jobs, about the year 1000 when my clients were probably born and had to run from dinosaurs daily.

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