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Old 01-24-2002, 11:43 PM
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what do u do when it rains?

hi
starting out this spring,what do u do if u have a customer that u cut once a week,what do u do if it rains for a couple of days straight?just bill for the cuts that u did for that month?
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Old 01-25-2002, 01:22 AM
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1st thing: Go out and do an ancient indian tribal raindance. Wear the headgear, feathers, the whole bit. Maybe even sacrifice a squirrel or something. You know, a little gift to the gods. Kinda like giving Tony Soprano his cut.

2nd: Find a good pub or tavern. Make sure they don't know you. Go in and run your tab up real high. Just get looped. Call a cab and go home. Next morning, pick up your truck at pub before the owners get in. And if you happen to run into them again, play stupid. I did what? Nah, you got the wrong guy....

3rd: Go buy a rainsuit and join in the reindeer games with the rest of us. It is called being dependable and dedicated to the well being of the customers property. Take your time, don't booger anything up and the customer will thank you in more ways that you can ever know. But if they do complain, explain that your vast knowledge in the turfgrass industry led you to maintain this yard for it continued vibrance, and overall beauty that it brings to this once run down avenue of turfgrass sorrow, because, after all, they have the finest yard on the street.

OK, problem solved! Back to the tavern!! :blob4:
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Old 01-25-2002, 02:43 AM
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Re: what do u do when it rains?

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what do u do if it rains for a couple of days straight?
sing in it!, if it's not lightning i see no true problems, except ruts and weird facial expressions
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Old 01-25-2002, 03:59 AM
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Good Earth, great solution. I'm calling you next time it sprinkles to see if we shoould go throw back a few.
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Old 01-25-2002, 04:27 AM
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Good Earth..Good Post

I tried that hiding inside too.. Actually for me it was Wal-Mart not the bars for me.
Finally learned to just stay in the truck 'till the rain let up where I could see.
But not many areas of the country get rain like we do.

Vipermanz, I've never been to Birmingham that it wasn't Storming. Y'all get some scarry weather there.

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Old 01-25-2002, 05:20 AM
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yea its raining now! my poor poor yard is flooded
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Old 01-25-2002, 09:46 AM
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Hey Mikey,

I charge a flat monthly rate (dependent upon the size of the property, location, difficulty, and whether the cuts are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly) and that rate is the same whether it rains or not.

A new customer called us yesterday and asked us about this policy and we explained to her it all averages out in the long run. I cut 4 times a month, on average, for weekly service but sometimes I'll get it 3 and sometimes 5. Price does not change for these factors.

Of course, I'm in Cali and I cut year around, but this policy works great for me.
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Old 01-25-2002, 09:51 AM
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Charge per/cut. You'll be motivated to mow in the rain!!!!!

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Old 01-25-2002, 10:39 AM
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Your reputation is probably the most important asset you have. Rain or no rain, the customers property must be maintained as agreed and as needed. You can get away with a short delay if it is a virtual downpour. But in most instances it should be no problem mowing in the rain. Certainly no problem as far as equipment goes. Just get a good rain suit and never skip a beat.
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Old 01-25-2002, 10:48 AM
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My, I hate to see people mowing here in the pooring rain! In the South you can probably get away with it due to the course grass, in Michigan, it just makes soup out of the lawn.

My general rule is to go out when the pavement is about half-dry. I plan on working Mon-Fri. If it rains, I have Sat. for a backup day.

I charge only for the cuts I perform. I offer a 10% prepayment discount for the year if paid in full by March 20. If I have to skip a lawn a few times, customers get a credit slip at the end of the year. About 15% of my customers go for the prepayment.
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