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I'll lose a $35,000 a year mowing acct. if I can't finish by noon!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fastlane, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    I'm solo. My only commercial acct. averages 17 hrs a week-2 days.This is 2nd year doing this acct. 2 year contract. I've done owners house 4 years and he asked me to do this. This is an office complex The complaint is ''noise 8 hrs a day for 2 days". They want a crew 4 or 5 guys to start at 7 or 8am and be done by noon. If I buy 1 60" or 72" I would have enough equipment for the crew. But!!!! what would the crew do the other 4 1/2 days a week? I have 32-35 hours of work a week. I can't find work that fast. Is it possible to find 4 good workers for one day a week? I have to Sept.1st to sign new 2 year contract. What would you do ?
  2. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,378

    Find a part-timer to help you out for now. Maybe a college student or even a retired person looking for some supplemental income. Check with your nearest employment agency or temp service.
  3. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    could you do it on the weekend or evenings
  4. The Grass Amputator

    The Grass Amputator LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    At one of my contracts, the complaint heard, aside from the noise issue, was grass being carried by the wind and onto parked cars. I tried blowing off the grass with my blower, but you can't get it all...... I remedied the situations by mowing on Saturdays when they're closed. Works better this way, because I'm actually getting done an hour quicker due to the fact that I can mow areas that I had to weedeat before due to the parking situation.

  5. Lake Claire Lawn Ranger

    Lake Claire Lawn Ranger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 242

    Would it be possible to break it up into sections? Work a few hours a day on different sections each day. Try to start very early in the morning.
  6. Lake Claire Lawn Ranger

    Lake Claire Lawn Ranger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 242

    I forgot. Bobby's answer is probably something like... TUFF! Take the days off while I working here if you don't like it! Call in sick if you prefer, just stay out of my way.

  7. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 384

    Get a light kit on your mower and start early...EARLY (before anyone is in the office), then all you'll have to do is trim, edge, and blow it by noon!

    just my two cents. :drinkup:
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    Funny what comes up now and then huh? I've had things come up that I wouldn't have dreamt about when I first got started. Who could have known that they would be bitchy about you working there for 2 days. On the other hand, you were probably thinking "great, 2 days work". People. If I ever win the lottery, I'm gonna be a hermit somewhere in Montana with my rifle by my side!
  9. arborist-28

    arborist-28 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 246

    find something else to do .. this contract doesn't fit your company any longer ..

    KERRTURF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    Have you thought about getting another LCO to help you out? Sub the one account for either trimming or mowing, and you can be there to work and make sure it is done right. You won't get the profit margin you have right now, but this is an account that you will probably "grow" into.

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