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Old 03-10-2009, 10:37 PM
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If you're going to offer a free cut with service, you HAVE to stipulate that it's the last cut of the season in November(not the customer's last cut). Otherwise you'll have people that sign up for service, let you cut for a month or month and a half and then cancel service and expect to get a free cut.
ALWAYS backload the agreement - meaning that they'll get their free cut AFTER they've paid for the majority of the season. If you do it any other way, you're setting yourself up for failure/to be taken advantage of.
This is similar to what I do for my referrals for spray work. They get a certain amount of money as a credit, but it's towards the following year's service. Gives 'em incentive to come back
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:58 PM
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Even then - I've had people refer other customers. I've given them a credit. Then had the referral quit after a month. So, I essentially gave away a free cut to get four cuts revenue. That's a "shrinkage" rate of 20% (one in five cuts). I can't stay in business like that. It's sad, but people will screw you over shamelessly - it's almost to the point that you need two pages of legal disclaimer and rules just to give a customer a free cut for a referral!
Well then ive been really lucky not to have that happen to me yet, But im sure it will eventually. Seem to always get screwed in the long run. You just cant go by word anymore like you said you have to have a 30 page contract just to make sure you dont get bent by a customer.
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:13 AM
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Does anyone here know this guy? He was a fellow landscaper that was gunned down in the Detroit area.
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news...plaza_shooting
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:51 AM
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No - didn't know him but, the news story really made him sound like a great guy. Very sad. He was just stopping by/running out to get his sister carry-out and that happens.... absolutely sickening. It certainly makes a good case for the death penalty. So senseless.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:27 PM
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http://detroit.craigslist.org/for/1068413097.html

Look, this guy charges $10.00 for a lawn and gives you a "$5.00 fee" for referrals. Gosh, cheap service and bad communication skills.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:30 PM
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http://detroit.craigslist.org/for/1068413097.html

Look, this guy charges $10.00 for a lawn and gives you a "$5.00 fee" for referrals. Gosh, cheap service and bad communication skills.
I am going to sell all my equipment and sub him out to all my accounts.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:36 PM
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I am going to sell all my equipment and sub him out to all my accounts.
Honestly, it makes me wonder. What if they'd travel out to Northville, take one of my routes, do a good job, and only charge 10-15 lawn?

Psh.. they couldn't do that good of a job.

I also cant believe the 100's of posts from people looking to buy lawn accounts. I'm not against buying/selling accounts, but some people sound desperate. I wonder if it's big companies or guys just getting started, trying to make a business pop out of nowhere. Oh well..

Anyone want to sell 50 accounts to me? Lol.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:41 PM
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it says starting at $10.00 not ALL cuts $10.00
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:43 PM
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Well, my cuts start at $20, it's still cheap.
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:05 PM
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HELL i pay my customers to cut there grass. LOL
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