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Old 07-02-2014, 01:54 AM
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My best tip that I have learned after 5 years

Never get comfortable with the amount of customers you have. Word of mouth slowed down and I have lost a total of around 4-5 customers this year out of around 30. Two died, one that I saw a day before helping fix a bird feeder she passed away like 10 hrs later. The others I lost due to high risk because I have a 26 inch titanium rod which I had installed since NOV 2, 2013. I am 30 now and thank god so far I can work without pain 99% of the time. I did a walk in flower bed with 1.5 yards of riverjack rocks.

Keep moving forward! That's my tip never stay neutral but at the same time be able to handle the amount of customers that you have.

I did gain 3 new ones though, one being a woman that new my friend and I from the motorcycle accident. lol just one customer from my first time using craigslist.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:03 AM
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I just had 2 plates and eight screws put in to fix my hip after a car accident it happened in january and im just now learning to walk again and its frustrating ill tell you that.....it sucks!!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:06 AM
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Can't see the pictures Nicky, I have a ban on photo's on this site since I posted a pic of my girlfriend cleaning my mower with short shorts like 5 years ago. Be strong man I didn't walk for 7 months do light work for a while and test your body in baby steps doing light work. Feel better! I have the rod installed in my femur, they were going to remove the leg since it crushed in millions of pieces from a bike accident.
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"Money & Power leads to Greed and usually ends with Corruption."

" I don't blame our industry to be looked down at because most of the people either couldn't keep a stable job or were criminals."

" A LEADER will always have more haters than a FOLLOWER."
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:40 AM
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You're exactly right, don't ever take your customers for granted no matter how long they have been with you.

I used to service the Dollar General stores in my area and had been doing them for over 15 yrs. They eventually went with a national company (that would then use subcontractors) so that they would only have one contact for any problem in any area.

I completely understand this but I lost 31 accounts in one day!
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:25 AM
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Can't see the pictures Nicky, I have a ban on photo's on this site since I posted a pic of my girlfriend cleaning my mower with short shorts like 5 years ago. Be strong man I didn't walk for 7 months do light work for a while and test your body in baby steps doing light work. Feel better! I have the rod installed in my femur, they were going to remove the leg since it crushed in millions of pieces from a bike accident.
Lol seriously they still have a bikini thread going on this site and is big wth

PM Michael and ask him about it
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:44 AM
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You're exactly right, don't ever take your customers for granted no matter how long they have been with you.

I used to service the Dollar General stores in my area and had been doing them for over 15 yrs. They eventually went with a national company (that would then use subcontractors) so that they would only have one contact for any problem in any area.

I completely understand this but I lost 31 accounts in one day!
Wow that is a lot of Dollar General's in one area!
We have like one in a 50 mile radius.
Did you do a ton of driving?
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:48 AM
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We have tons of DG's in Alabama man, freds and dollar stores too lol
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:30 AM
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I feel like I'm watching a Subaru "they lived" commercial.

(which was a stroke of genius)
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:16 PM
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Wow that is a lot of Dollar General's in one area!
We have like one in a 50 mile radius.
Did you do a ton of driving?
Hey DA, I had all of the stores set up in a route that was all within 30 miles of Decatur (where I live)....worked out great (while it lasted)!

PS I do HVAC PM so they were done once a month. That hurt bad enough, but at least I didn't lose 31 weekly accounts!
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:57 AM
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Oh yeah I learned that a drought can last much past a year...
I learned a drought ends when it does, and it affects you for however long it lasts.
The last one we had lasted 6 years...
Finally last year came great relief.
And we're in for another dry one.
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