The Good And The Bad!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GreenMachine102, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. GreenMachine102

    GreenMachine102 LawnSite Member
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    Being in this business for about 5 years, I have learned that there are two types of people. The ones that will give you extra, and appreciate your work, and ones who are stingy, rich, and very unappreciative and always want freebies!

    I have 20 accounts, and most are friends or family members, there is where I went wrong! Don't cut for family or friends!

    Some people think that because you know them that they can get over on you, and most of the time they do, this disgusts me, and I don't think its right, but if I drop them the friendship will be damaged!

    What a perdicament!:angry: :angry: :confused: :angry: :confused:
  2. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    Yup not easy

    I don't have any family near me so that solves that.

    Friends, eh that can get sticky. Those that I work for know this is my living. If I want to do the friend thing I tell them, other than that they are told pricing in advance. I give them some slack on the pricing. But I make sure my expenses are paid first. If I am there or the men are there half a day or more. Then I have to get profit.
  3. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    No family around me which is a good thing. Friends Well they mow there own lawns but I do help on occasion in trimming and landscaping. Why? No money involved. Most help me out in a pinch if I need an extra part brought out to me or if I am running behind they have all been able to help out a little (No money invloved). What comes around goes around. Lessons learned, If you stop learning them you are 6 foot under pushing dirt not mowing.
  4. Black Water

    Black Water LawnSite Senior Member
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    I dont have any friends.:cry:
  5. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
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    greenmachine102 i myself have also learned this the hard way family think you work for free they dont understand this is your living its makes me sick also they think eveeything extra is free
  6. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    I'll be your friend........:)

    Then we both have one..........:D
  7. Black Water

    Black Water LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks man. Now i feel all warm and fuzzy. Ahhhh, good times.:D
  8. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I waited five months to get paid by a "friend" for a big one time job I did way back in April. That was the first and last time for a friend, unless of course I don't plan to charge them & just do it as a favor - something kirbyslawn mentioned in a thread not too long ago.
  9. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    I will work for family and friends no problems. I have gotten burned a bunch of times in the past. But, you take the good, you take the bad and there you have, the facts of life.
  10. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't have a problem working for family or friends, my attitude is 'business is business', period.
    When the shoe is on the other foot, I expect the same attitude from them. Only consideration I may give or expect would be in scheduling = getting an appointment a little quicker.

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