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M11792
07-10-2003, 02:29 PM
I am currently putting plans together to start my lawn service...just want to get out there and be my OWN boss!! Anyway, during my planning I am basing my schedule on a 5 day work week even though I know I will put more time and effort into my buisness. How does everyone handle a full 5 day work schedule when rain occurs during the week? Do you work Saturday or Sunday? How do customers react to this? Or do you roll over to the following Monday and play catch up????

Just looking for a little info. from others in the industry.

Lombardi
07-10-2003, 06:19 PM
If it is your own business you will be doing something business related every day of the week during the busy season. If rain has caused delays most customers understand. If you have to mow their lawn on the weekend you should notify them first to get their approval.

Rustic Goat
07-11-2003, 02:24 AM
Get some VERY cold water, just this side of freezing, now throw it in your face.
Welcome to the Lawn Care Business.
You won't be your own boss for a while, you'll have a co-op going with every person that will hire you to do their lawn.

Whatever the situation is, do the best that you can.
Quality work + tenacious attitude= eventual success.

What do you do when you have delays? You work longer and harder just as soon as you can get to their lawns.
It will take time to become proficient, and organized, stay on track.

Green in Idaho
07-15-2003, 12:05 AM
My air condition went out Saturday. Weatherman says over 100 for Tuesday. Today was 94.

Called for a service call, they asked "Will tonight at 8:30-9 p.m. be okay?"

9 o'clock p.m.!!!???

YOU BET it'll be okay!

Just had it serviced and it's running great now. I expect the bill in a couple days in comfort. Still not sure of the price though- I never asked.
______________________________

Catch a clue from the air conditionin man.... :confused:
When it rains on Tuesday, work more on Wed and Thurs to get caught up.

If it rains on Tues AND Wed, buy a quality mower that can work in wet conditions.

If it rains all the time there schedule accordingly and charge more to make more in less hours.

A little rain is not an excuse to skip a day. A LOT of rain means you do the other things you would've done on Sat since you will now be mowing on Sat....

Bet answer is to move to Arizona where it seldom rains in June July or August... :D

mtdman
07-15-2003, 12:19 AM
I schedule for 5 days a week, but plan to work at least 6 every week. There's always something that screws up my best laid plans. And I schedule to work Sundays, as I have a few commercial accounts I prefer to do those days. My days off I plan for Mondays and Sats, but I usually only get Mondays off. That's life, but I get a whole 4 months off (mostly) from December to April.

:D

GeorgiaGrassMan
07-15-2003, 12:59 AM
Originally posted by Rustic Goat
You won't be your own boss for a while, you'll have a co-op going with every person that will hire you to do their lawn.


Rustic,

What do you mean by "you'll have a co-op going with every person that will hire you to do their lawn"? The word "co-op" makes it sound like some sort of socialist arrangement or something. Being in business for yourself seems like the ultimate capitalist activity so I'm just trying to understand what you are saying about being in a "co-op" with your customers. Not trying to give you a hard time - just trying to understand.

Rustic Goat
07-15-2003, 01:57 AM
GeorgiaGrassMan,
My definition of co-op is more along the lines of 'Farmer's Co-op'.
How you tie co-op and socialism in this forum I'll never know, this is not a political forum, this is not Russia or China, that's just way too left thinking for me.
Co-op is defined as = A Cooperative.

Long winded example of what I was trying to explain.
M11792 made a point of saying you want to be your own boss.
Say you have 20 clients.
You now have 20 'bosses'.
Being new in the business, you'll be going through a learning curve for quite some time.
If you are lucky, you'll mentally form a co-op between those that have hired you and yourself. You can call yourself 'boss' if you like, but they will be the ones telling you the particulars of how they want their lawns.

You will COOPerate with them and their desires until such time as you have enough experience to feel and act competent as a professional LCO. Then you'll have more of that 'I'm in charge feeling and attitude', IE 'boss'.

The clients will be helping you figure out what it takes to make/keep them happy, you in turn will be learning how to handle lawn care needs/problems/lawn owners.
You will then use this experience with other clients.

I would even hazard another co-op example. This forum. We share ideas, concerns, suggestions, views, problems, etc. and by 'the group' cooperating with one another, there are a lot of solutions found. No politics implied, meant, asked for, or desired.

Many words have more than one meaning ya know, and can be used in a multitude of ways.
Co-op, does not, in and of itself, connotate either capitalism nor socialism.

GeorgiaGrassMan
07-15-2003, 02:09 AM
Rustic,

Ok - gotcha - good explanation. I'm the type of person who will give deep thought to what others say if I think they have an interesting idea or a unique way of looking at things. That doesn't mean that I will necessary agree with what they are saying, but I like to understand it none-the-less. Thanks for taking the time to explain it to me.