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Old 11-06-2013, 03:44 PM
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Customer Hiring Day Laborers

So I past by a customers house today , that I do the weekly maintenance for ,and I see day laborers with a pickup truck, there doing a planting job. Planting various plants around the house in beds, and making some new beds. These people never asked me for a quote or nothing for the job. Why is it that more people around me are hiring more and more day laborers than before to do landscape jobs. This really frustrates me, how about hiring a local business. Would you go back to these people next year or not.
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:05 PM
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Don't you let your customers know what services you offer? Are they supposed to read your mind. Stay in front of your customers man. This ones on you!
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:32 PM
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Customer Hiring Day Laborers

I don't agree with that. ^^^^
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:36 PM
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How do you not know it was relatives or friends doing it as a gift etc etc???
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:55 PM
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Happening a lot around here. That's why it's hard for legitimate companies to land large industrial accounts. A company with employees can't compete with a solo operator who goes to the local men's shelter to get his help for the day. It's happening often.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:19 PM
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We have one customer that will hire different people for projects they know full well we do.
But it is they're decision whom they use.

Also have a customer last week ask my lead guy if he did any "moonlighting"
That really bothers me.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:06 PM
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I have a few customers that get cheap labor for small things around the yard. I can't compete with $20 a day. But these guys can't compete with me either, they would actually need a drivers license and equipment. No big deal tho. I make more in 20mins then they do all day.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:23 PM
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Did they have a sign on their truck stating they were day laborers?
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:28 PM
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So I past by a customers house today , that I do the weekly maintenance for ,and I see day laborers with a pickup truck, there doing a planting job. Planting various plants around the house in beds, and making some new beds. These people never asked me for a quote or nothing for the job. Why is it that more people around me are hiring more and more day laborers than before to do landscape jobs. This really frustrates me, how about hiring a local business. Would you go back to these people next year or not.
What I would do is print up some flyers or bill stuffers with all the services you provide then make sure they get one. Its likely that you can't beat what they are paying the day laborers plus material from Home Depot but you can at least let them know that you offer the same thing with a warranty plus you are licensed and insured. That's about all you can do. Would I go back? Depends on what they are paying, their attitude and if the work done by them is going to cause you any problems.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:32 PM
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In reality if the homes are improving and your still the one doing the maintance its still a plus.
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