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So last Friday I went to do a bid on cutting some weeds. I did what I do and told the person I would put some numbers together and get back to them this next week. I did hang around and chat with the person for a little while and to be honest just do NOT have a good feeling about this job. I feel I am going to work my butt off and then probably wont get paid. At this point I am ready to just leave it alone and pretend I did not even go over there and move on, I thought about demanding payment up front but I don't feel right about that ether. Any advice?
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I would get at least 50% up front. There is nothing wrong with that.
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I know plenty of people that require 50% up front. Then, if they don't pay you, at least you got half of the check...nothing wrong with that at all.
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Thank you everyone. I think it is best to walk away from this one. %50 down is not to bad of an idea, only that I dislike taking any money up front and %50 would probably be a loss for me. If you can't make a profit why do it right? Anyway thanks again.
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I don't take any work if I know it's not something I want to get involved with.

There is this belief that just because we're grass guys, we should WANT to do every single crappy job out there, and that if we don't accept the work we are somehow bad at running our business - this is complete b.s, and you'll often hear it from people who are used to getting their way 100% of the time.

Forget the job. I turn down business all the time and understand it can be stressful to listen to the clients run their mouths after, but it's totally worth it.
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Not only that but why do people think they don't have to pay us? I mean try not paying a ticket and see where you go. I hate that people think we are just bums who can't get a regular job. I DO have a full time job but do this for fun and extra money. I provide a professional service and deserve respect AND PAYMENT!! I am getting better and better at judging character so low lifes are no longer a big problem for me, at the same time though I do hate turning down jobs.


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I don't take any work if I know it's not something I want to get involved with.

There is this belief that just because we're grass guys, we should WANT to do every single crappy job out there, and that if we don't accept the work we are somehow bad at running our business - this is complete b.s, and you'll often hear it from people who are used to getting their way 100% of the time.

Forget the job. I turn down business all the time and understand it can be stressful to listen to the clients run their mouths after, but it's totally worth it.
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