Tips for keeping your multi $10,000s a year contracts. This is a list of don'ts that I gathered from listening to the site managers complain about the company I took the contracts from. Don't wolf whistle at the manager, or the office girls. Don't play foot ball in the common areas on your break or after mowing. When the manager calls and requests that your employees not do this tell her that "boys will be boys, not much I can do about it." Don't look and act like criminals. The renters notice things like this. Don't roundup spray around the trees and buildings to cut down on trimming. Don't charge for 3 aps of fertilizer a year and then just do one in real late fall so that its too late to give any green look to the grass. When asked about the fertilizer or lack of it and why the grass is so yellow don't claim that its a lack of water. Make sure to spray or pull the rock bed weeds long before they reach 6' tall. Hire reliable help so that you aren't constantly changing your mowing day because the crew manager has to run down to the jail every week to bail the help out of jail. Don't mangle the siding with a trimmer on nearly all the buildings. Don't ring many of the trees with a trimmer and kill them. Make sure to blow off the entrances, front and back after each mowing. I'm sure I'll think of some more things they've told me. As a side note to all of this I'm doing the same properties with 3 guys and getting done in less time than the previous guys were with 5 to 6 guys.