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A Solo Operation In a Need Of Help!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eazy, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. eazy

    eazy LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 51

    Here is the deal, This is my first year in the business and I have 17 residential accounts that I take care of ALL by myself. I am new to the business so I do not know any other people in the business.

    The problem comes in July, when I need a week and a half off for a brothers wedding in New Mexico.

    So now do you see the problem? What can I do? Should I notify the resident and skip the two cuttings or something like that?

    Any information would be surely appreciated!!

    Thanks for your time,
  2. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    Soundslike you will either have to skip them or see if you can find a friend that can do the work for you while you are gone.
  3. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    At this point, it sounds like yer only option. I had to skip a week last September due to a death in the family. Just picked up right where I left off. Worked out fine. However, I am very dependable, so it is a rare occassion. Be sure to let them know a week or so in advance. Also, I wouldn't mention it before then.
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    your not going to get excessive growth in a week and a half in july. Just let them know a few weeks ahead and move on.
  5. Steven Anderson

    Steven Anderson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    tell them all well in advance that you will do them before you leave and when you get back if it takes a double mow for it to get back in shape you will only charge for one that seems to work because they here the word free have a good time at wedding be careful letting someone else do them no no!!!
  6. eazy

    eazy LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 51

    Hey everyone, thanks for the input. Was going that route but wanted to make sure:D

  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    I have a neighbor that is a salesman, and takes over the operation when this happens to me. He is good with machinery and is conciencious. He is a salesman, and call this his second job which allows independent contractor status. I am a family only operation, which saves some on certain kinds of insurance.
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Where in Texas are you, I'll take over the work for you while you're gone and use my own stuff;p
  9. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    You should be fine given the time of year...just hit them all during the last 2 days before you go!
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I would try to fit in all of the mower a day or two before you leave, and then nail them when you get back for they only have exactly 1 1/2 weeks

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