Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Shaded Green, May 23, 2008.

  1. Shaded Green

    Shaded Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    What's up fellas? This is my first post, and it's going to be a long one.
    I've been in the business for 11 years.
    (Grass is my specialty, but I'm no slouch on cleanups, renovations, and basic maintenance) Name it, I've done it.

    Anyway, my boss is a moron. Yeah, I know you've heard that before. Just listen.
    This is my third season with this guy, (He pays me well, and although he's an older guy, I consider him a friend) He's a good guy but, he doesn't know #@*!

    EX #1: I had to print an internet article stating that it's okay to trim
    rhododendrons and azaleas because he emphatically stated otherwise.

    EX #2: Thinks I take too long maintaining equipment so a new hire is now
    doing it. Almost 3 months into the season and no decks have been
    scraped, nor fittings greased. I blow the decks whenever possible, and
    blades are being sharpened improperly.

    EX #3: Charges $45 for a lawn 15 minutes out of the way, and raises the
    price of two that are similar to the $45 one in time spent on the
    lawn $50. Keep in mind these two are throwing distance from the
    shop and grouped in with another in a cul-de-sac.

    EX #4: Doesn't feel it's important to cross-cut (We still do 80% of the time.
    The guys who do the cutting want to trace everything, but I'm trying
    to break them)

    EX #5: Doesn't comprehend that it takes longer to cut a lawn in April than it
    does in August. He understands the basics, but doesn't want to grasp
    the fact that it costs him more in labor.

    All in all, since I've been working for him things have definitely changed for the better. He does value my opinion, but it's hard for him to cope with me telling him the proper way to do something. I've only given the most recent occurrences as examples, believe me there is much more.

    I'm just looking for some examples of boss stupidity, whether past or present. I'd also gladly take advice from any experienced pros out there.
  2. Ooomwizard

    Ooomwizard LawnSite Senior Member
    from atlanta
    Messages: 296

    Be your own boss....
  3. Frue

    Frue LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,472

    Sounds like you should start your own! I think your boss is a genius for hiring you to do his work:hammerhead:
  4. Shaded Green

    Shaded Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Oh yeah...... This is hopefully only a job for me. I am also attending college and hope to either change professions, or become my own boss.
  5. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    what kind of mower made those stipes in your pic?
  6. LedgedaleLawn

    LedgedaleLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    I agree, my guys have no idea what maintenance is.:hammerhead:
  7. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    This sounds like a typical, oh heck never mind I'm not gettin in this one.
  8. TheKingOfLawns

    TheKingOfLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    Do it on your own. Even in college. Why not, keep more $$ for yourself.
  9. Bagit

    Bagit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    Come on Stripes for miles, tell us what made those stripes.... unless you took a pic of something else.:rolleyes:

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    that pic is great what made them look so good?

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