Part Timer ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NHLawns, Sep 23, 2002.

  1. NHLawns

    NHLawns LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 27

    I was wondering if your clients know if you are a part time business owner, or if you tell them up front that this is not currently your full time job but you are working to make that way. And if so does it have any affect on how they precieve you and the way you operate. Just wondering how people handel this, or have handeled it when they were starting out.
    I am currently a part timmer, fully insured and liceinced, and a few of my clients are aware that this is not my full time job.

    Just curious:confused:
     
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    It shouldn't matter, at least I don't think it should. My customers could care less that I go to school and mow their lawns after school, they obviously know I'm a part-timer. Just be proffessional at what you do and if they say otherwise, have your credentials ready to back up your beliefs.
     
  3. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    i usually only mention it if they question price or frequency of service. as long as you do a good job and are reliable it shouldn't matter though.
     
  4. cglservice

    cglservice LawnSite Member
    from Ky
    Posts: 101

    I part time wright now , it does not seem to matter wtih my customers, I bring it up front to my customers just so we have no misunderstanding. I give them the same quality of service now as I would if I was full time probaly more so now because i wont to make sure that they stay my clients for the future.
     
  5. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    I don't mention it untill they have seen my work and understand that part time does not mean shoddy work. I have to laugh at some of my new customers that I first meet and they say how they are an engineer and they are too busy to take care of their lawn. I usually don't mention that I am one too and service around 30 plus my own in two days. I don't think they would like to here that.
     
  6. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020


    I must admit, i don't know how you do have the time. Engineering doesn't strike me as a career that is "low maintenance". i have a few friends that are engineers and they work pretty intense weeks. i really respect that.:drinkup:

    i have considered getting a job in finance (what i studied) and going part time, but i don't think i could do it. I can't handle the stress most days now.

    do you cut after work, or on days off? and when do you do the paperwork?

    and on the original topic, i don't see why it matters to the customer. good service is just that. they don't need to know.
     
  7. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    The last two years I had someone work for me and I just did the books and some repairs as well as any big landscaping jobs. This year has been harder than most. Just moved to a new area, and a new job and the FT guy I had working for me at $16/hr (which I though was pretty good) quit with no notice. So I was sick of the headaches and decided to cut my hours back as an engineer to 3 9-10 hrs per day and then mow all day on thurs and fri. I had to drop about a third of my customers in the process. It has been very hard but the money is great. I get the best of both worlds, benefits, paid time off, and extra money mowing. The drawback is working 55 hrs a week plus books. Next year I will try to hire again but I am in a perdictament (sp?) that I can only employ one FT guy and if he quits I am screwed. So we will see. I am working on a couple designs for the lawn care industry that I hope to patent this winter. Maybe I can melt my two careers into one.
    Bubbleboy, don't give up on your education for mowing. If you can go to college than by all means do it.

    -Scott
     
  8. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    I've let all my customers know that I do lawns for a side job. I am a firefighter and my days of the week change all the time so I explain to them that I am a fulltime firefighter and that help them understand the differeant days for cutting..... also by telling the that I am a firefighter helps getting them as a customer, kinda sells since Sept 11.

    Dave

    :blob2: :blob2:
     
  9. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    definately agree: and did finish!! University of Toronto, class of 2000. Hon. BA in Economics. Degree on the wall behind me,nice layer of dirt and grass on it. Never figured i'd to this after graduating, just kinda happened. Would love to do more, MBA or MA, just need the time.

    firefighter dave, i guess that would help:D

    i know there are many firefighters on LS, true heroes. no more needs to be said but THANK YOU.
     
  10. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    i meant to say i only tell them i am full time if the need arises. can't edit my message now.
     

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