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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

What's the most generous thing you've done?


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-25-2009, 01:26 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default What's the most generous thing you've done?

1. What's the most generous thing you've done for a customer?

2. Do you regret it?

3. What made you generous at that time?


Earlier in the season, I mowed my last lawn of the day & decided to get one of my customers hedges done. It was a block away from where I was.

The customer was an sweet old lady, she'd come out & say, "Scotty would you like me to get you a cold glass of Pepsi?" "Want a chocolate muffin?" etc..

when she'd leave for awhile I'd laugh thinking how awesome she is, though I never said yes to anything she'd offer, it's not in me.

So I finish the job, it was small, kinda a relaxing break from mowing.

The lady came out & was happy,

Lady: I'll go in now & get you your money!

Scott: If you get me a glass of water, the job is free of charge!

Lady: I can't let you do that!

Scott: Well I had a great day, & I love my job, this one freebie won't hurt!

Lady: Alright, I'll go get you a glass of water!

************

Next month she wrote a check out for her monthly mowing PLUS the hedge job + tip... sneaky lady! hahah!

Even if she didn't pay for it, I enjoy seeing her & helping her out. A few minutes out of my day didn't seem to bother me. If I went home I would have probably been sitting on my butt with nothing to do, eat & sleep.

Being generous can be uplifting, as long as YOU choose to be, & are not forced. I don't mind doing favors for free as long as I'm appreciated.

Example:

Tomorrow my sister needs someone to help move her new couch inside her house. She's paying a guy $80.00 to meet up with me, to help ME move the couch with him... I'm not asking for a cent! Silly stuff...

I believe there are two types of jobs you can do for someone, favors vs profit making.

With the old lady, I was in a good mood. My mowings were all done for the day, I had some extra time & wasn't in a rush. In my heart I didn't feel like charging her, because the benefits of generosity at the time were stronger than the profit I would have made. Not to mention I only used my old arse battery hedge trimmer (this thing sucks) I didn't lose anything other than my time.


There was this other time a year ago, I paid a worker for the hours he worked, plus a $20.00 bonus. Early this year he says I still owe him for a few hours.... What a joke... Generosity backfire!
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 07-25-2009, 07:14 AM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 8
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
One thing I've learned is that people usually don't appreciate what they haven't paid for. There are exceptions and they make generosity worth it but for the most part I've found this to be true.

Oh, and I'm going to keep my generosity to myself. I wouldn't want it to get out that I'm a nice person or something awful like that.

Last edited by mark123; 07-25-2009 at 07:26 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-25-2009, 11:34 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,256
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Maybe it just comes down to if you feel you are in a good mood and the other person you feel is deserving, you might do something extra nice you don't normally do?
__________________
- 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
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OMG the best thing happened yesterday jasonw Starting a lawn care business. 7 07-25-2009 09:31 AM
No such thing as over-exposure Steve General Business Discussions 0 03-31-2008 10:49 AM
Such Thing As A Free Lunch? Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 0 04-05-2007 09:02 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
Today 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 162
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
Today 05:34 AM
Today 05:34 AM
by jrs.landscaping
0 27
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Today 05:01 AM
by jrs.landscaping
64 2,696
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
Yesterday 11:37 PM
by biglee
5 313
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
Yesterday 11:30 PM
by biglee
11 256
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 10:29 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
65 5,437
Help with a truck
bdodson89
Yesterday 08:15 PM
Yesterday 08:15 PM
by bdodson89
0 38
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
Yesterday 06:57 PM
by SGL1
11 257
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
Yesterday 04:49 PM
Yesterday 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 58
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
04-26-2015 04:46 PM
Yesterday 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 82
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
Yesterday 05:44 PM
by Steve
4 164
mowfinder
scaypa
Yesterday 05:44 PM
Yesterday 05:44 PM
by scaypa
0 30
what's the big deal...
Tony317
04-25-2015 02:19 PM
Yesterday 05:43 PM
by Steve
3 125
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
Yesterday 05:41 PM
by Steve
4 125
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
Yesterday 05:40 PM
by Steve
2 113
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
Yesterday 05:36 PM
by Steve
1 104
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 262
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,555
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 140
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 236
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 407
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 473
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 543
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 374
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,035
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 203
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 1,058
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 295
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 518
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,707
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 645
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,057
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,074
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 561
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 471
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 587
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 232
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 620
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 602
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,421
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 294
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,090
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 272
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 315
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,318
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 919
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 353
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 376
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 620
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 337
» Popular Tags
apartment complex bark blades blowout bob villa collections commercial curb appeal services demonstration edging employee problems equipment rental facebook ferris flyers free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website marketing more customers business mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization sell the vision seo shell shreaded small engine repair sq ft square foot sulky toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape web design website website design winterization won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:01 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:01 AM.

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