Question about Client/friend

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by tg5273, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. tg5273

    tg5273 LawnSite Member
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    O.k here goes. I have a guy that lives two doors down from me that owns a home restoration/ handyman business, he stumbles on a plaza that wants him to take care of all the maintenance including the lawn care. So, he decides to subcontract the lawn maintenance to me. To make a long story short, after a few months of him slow paying me and an unreasonably picky owner of the property, I decided to have him get someone else take care of the property. I gave him a months notice as to my intentions, which he was fine with at the time. Well now I can't get my last payment from him, as I said he lives two doors down from me and our kids play together. How do you guys think I should handle this situation?
     
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Chuck it off to the school of hard knocks. Lesson learned, do not do business with neighbors or friends.
     
  3. TJLANDS

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    and of course family
     
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    I also lerned the hard way NO more RENT homes
     
  5. shane mapes

    shane mapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can you live without the payment? If not and the subcontract you signed should have early out details. Me persona ly if i could let it go then do it, if not take legal action.
     
  6. tg5273

    tg5273 LawnSite Member
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    Can you live without the payment? If not and the subcontract you signed should have early out details. Me persona ly if i could let it go then do it, if not take legal action.

    Yeah I can live without it. I think I will just chalk it up as a major lesson learned. My biggest issue is I don't want there to be any problems for the kids, one bad business decision I made should not have to affect my son. Thanks for the replies. TG :waving:
     
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    remind him you need payment, then Let it go.............
     
  8. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would also politely bring it up. If you don't want to ruin the kids friendship and it's not that much money then I guess let it go.
     
  9. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can ask yourself if the stress and animosity of forcing the issue worth the money due.
     
  10. B & B Yardscape

    B & B Yardscape LawnSite Member
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    What everyone said, ditto.

    My question would be, can you let it go and not bring it up later as a jab at him? stLike he says,"I'll pick up the dinner check." and you say, "You should you still owe me $???."

    He knows he owes you, maybe he is a little more pissed than he let on. Has he found someone else to do the work?

    I would let it go. Write it off as a loss. Keep the kids out of it and let them play.
     

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