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Old 04-06-2013, 09:29 AM
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Years back when a friend and I were new in the biz I'd refer PITA customers to him.

Just to see how long it'd take him to figure out why all these folks were telling him that I sent them his way.
It took quite a while, (couple seasons) one day he called me up acting angry and told me to knock it off.

Yeah, I'm that kind of friend. lol
You won't need enemies around me.
Professionals are people who can do their job when they don't feel like it.
Amateurs are people that can't do their job even when they do feel like it.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:41 AM
larryinalabama larryinalabama is offline
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Originally Posted by weeze View Post
that's weird man. everytime i stop somewhere i'm the only one there with a mower.

then again my whole town seems weird to me. i will see guys out mowing when it's 40 degrees or on days when the ground is soggy and wet and yet when i go to mow the next day it's 75 degrees and sunny and the ground is dry and i don't see anyone else around mowing but me. i'm like what is it with these guys? i guess they all go to the lake or something when the weather is nice and then work when it's crappy?

i swear to you i'm not making this stuff up. i'll do all my work monday-thursday and i'll hardly see that many out but on friday-sunday when i'm not working and enjoying the weekend there are lawnmowers on trailers everywhere going up and down the road. it's like everyone here has a job during the week and mows on the weekend or something???

they do everything bass ackwards.
I think all the Jefferson Co. fellers are working in Pell city during the week
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:13 AM
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In the Spring I had a lady call me and asked if I was going to trim her tree or not. I asked her name and told her she wasn't my client. She said the company that serviced her property last year had given me this phone number so it was strange it was a wrong number. I am sure they got sick of dealing with her and pawned her off on me. She told me the guys last year charged $125/month. She ended up hiring me and I averaged around $200/month. I am thankful they pawned her off on me. She has some quirks, but she has been a very profitable client.
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:03 AM
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I've done two major "purges". The first to drastically reduce my service area, the second to trim out mow-only clients. Both times I split my recommendations amongst several companies. I wouldn't suggest that anyone interpret referrals as a bad customer. The companies that I send business to work in those areas and love mow-only, respectively. They were happy to take on those clients.

On a side note, at noon every day all the high end companies(6-15 trucks a day) meet at one gas station, so everyone knows each other and their employees. I should post a pic if I think about it one day. Crazy amount of rigs in one parking lot.
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