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Old 04-14-2014, 07:34 PM
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Top 10 pieces of advice for the new guy

Hey guys. What are your top ten pieces of advice to tell the new guy?

Mine are...

1) When edging, make sure you are throwing all the dirt and rocks away from windows.
2) Don't make all your turns with the Z turn on hard surfaces. You will destroy tires.
3) Don't discharge clippings onto neighbors property.
4) No... You can not eat your burger wile mowing!
5) This is not the time or place to be practicing your wheelie skills with the mowers.
6) Pick up the paper before you mow over it.
7) There are always people watching.
8) Turn the blades off before loading onto the trailer.
9) Don't try to fix the mower yourself. More than likely you will end up doing more damage to it.
10) It is obvious when you are starring at that girl walking by and are not paying attention to where you are going.


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Old 04-14-2014, 11:33 PM
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9) Don't try to fix the mower yourself. More than likely you will end up doing more damage to it
Maybe for some people... Others are pretty mechanically inclined.

1) Don't low ball, good accounts will come with time. It's better for you and for the industry.
2) Buy good equipment, not only is it a must to stay in business but perception is reality. If you can't afford good equipment you can't afford to be in business.
3) Keep your stuff clean, again perception is reality.
4) Come up with a uniform and a logo, develop your brand and then protect it.
5) Be friendly, talk to your clients when you get a chance, show them how much you appreciate their business.
6) Dont use ethanol in the handhelds
7) Speak like a educated human being and dress like one too, it commands respect.
8) Focus on quality over quantity.
9) Know how to say no. If a potential clients property doesn't suit your business model, politely decline.
10) Keep good books
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:47 PM
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Yes I agree, I have a few trucks a Corvette and a few zero turns and .... more equipment. I have always worked on everything myself. I have never taken any vehicle or any piece of equipment in for servicing, rain days and snow days have always been my repair days and preventative maintenance days.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:56 PM
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9) Know how to say no. If a potential clients property doesn't suit your business model, politely decline.
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I like this the best. I may get too many "No" answers but I can't do work on the cheap. I just can't.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:02 AM
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I like this the best. I may get too many "No" answers but I can't do work on the cheap. I just can't.
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yes I agree I've had to point out to customers that this is not a hobby, this is what gives me my bread and butter.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:03 AM
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Do what you say you will. When you say you will do it and if you can not do it don't offer to " learn" how from that job, sub it out this time, learn how to do it on your time and only then offer it to your clients.

We get so many clients off the guys who " think "they can do it and can't.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:25 AM
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Great thread, keep them coming!
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:30 AM
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Probably the most important one, answer your phone!
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:32 AM
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Probably the most important one, answer your phone!
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Yeah agree!, if a customer (new one or someone maybe wants a landscaping job etc.) calls you
Miss it, your most likely out of the job because they call someone else, and it's just a good way of serving your customers (customer service)
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:33 AM
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good accountant, LLC to protect yourself & good business insurance to protect yourself as well.
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