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View Poll Results: Whats the worst part of Landscaping for you?
Dealing with *$$hole Customers 55 39.01%
Hiring New People/ Telling crew do have it done the way you want it 50 35.46%
Buying/Fixing Equipment 18 12.77%
None.. It's all good 23 16.31%
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:07 AM
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Whats the worst part of Landscaping for you?

A. Dealing with *$$hole Customers
B. Hiring New People/ Telling crew do have it done the way you want it
C. Buying/Fixing Equipment
D. None..It's all good

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Old 03-25-2006, 02:14 PM
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im not really for fixing equiptment i like buying new equiptment but fixing it sucks.
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Old 04-02-2006, 09:27 PM
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out of the choices available,i'd say dealing with ******* customers. a guy i did work for one time used to always bad mouth the guy who did work before me. plus he'd say things about black people ect. now i'm not black so i don't really care but after hearing it all the time it started to get pretty old. plus the guy was rather rude and he had a way of getting under your skin without even trying.

safe to say,i dropped that job like a bad habit. (the job was too big for me at the time anyways. i gave it one try and determined it wouldn't work out for me to do it again.)
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Old 04-02-2006, 10:21 PM
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It might be the worst part for you but it is THE most important part..if you can't deal with and communicate with your client can't sell jobs and you might as well bite the dust
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Old 04-02-2006, 10:23 PM
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Waking up in the morning, be better if it was a night job
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Old 04-02-2006, 10:34 PM
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What sucks is putting a lot of money into a landscape job including payroll, supplies and equipment and then have to wait 2 or 3 weeks to be payed but its worth it in the end.
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Old 04-23-2006, 08:48 PM
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I chose "It's all good" out of the list.

Customers don't bother me. If someone seems like a potential pain in the butt when I am giving them a quote, I'll just jack up the prices, so they likely won't hire me (lets just call it the "Pain in the azz fee"). But if they do hire me, dealing with them is worth the extra money going into my pocket. And Older folks can either be really good people, or miserable pains. I can deal with the pains. If they want to fire me, fine.

I only buy things when I know I can afford it, want a low overhead, so whenever I get something new, I get all excited to use it for probably a month after I buy it. Sometimes I get a little irritated when I have to buy an expensive new part for repair, but I just get it done to get it out of the way, then I kind of look at it as "Good, this part will last me a while, now it will be a long time before I have to worry about this part is ready to break".

Hiring people, even though for the most part I work alone, whenever I need an extra helper it is a buddy of mine, but when the time comes when I need to hire someone, I am a patient man with training and such. But if right of the bat they are lazy and just show up for the sake of showing up, I'd try to make things unpleasant for them so they would quit.

But really, the only thing I really don't care for is doing paperwork, taxes, and such. I want to be working outside! I can't wait for when the day comes when I can afford to hire a secretary.

Oh, and one other thing gets me really PO'ed. Doing fall cleanups in the wind!! Man, does that frustrate me! It really does waste a lot of your time. When you have a backpack on and you're blowing a pile of leaves and all of the sudden the leaves blow in your face, I pretty much feel like hurting someone or something, but there there is nothing to hurt, so that makes me even angrier. You should see me when it happens, you'd laugh.

But still, everything is good. Right now, I love what I do.

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Old 04-24-2006, 09:23 AM
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you should add 100 degree days , rain, and wind when you are doing cleanups
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:59 AM
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I hate the days when it is 100+ degrees, hazy hot and humid out. When it rains day after day after day, it also sucks but it keeps the grass green and growing.

Dealing the a$$hole customers and cheap customers suck. I don't have a problem fixing equipment or doing maintnence on it! Though, filling the equipment up when gas is $3?? a gallon sucks big time!
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Old 04-24-2006, 03:15 PM
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Call me crazy, but I kinda like the 100 degree days (Drinking tons of water helps a lot). Especially the hot days that have a nice thunderstorm at the end of the day to cool you off (Windy T-storms can bring some good cleanups afterwards also).

Rain does put me off, but most of my clients understand if I am late to cut.

Yeah, like mentioned before, cleanups in the wind sucks. Something you can do nothing about gets me PO'ed.

$3.00 gas- Who does like $3.00 gas??? If they stay above $3 for a while, its a good enough of an excuse to increase our prices. Guess there's nothing we can do about that neither, unless if we become in charge of an oil company.

I guess I am a "glass half full" kinda guy.
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