customer problems

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mownredneck, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. mownredneck

    mownredneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    I have two clients that Im feed up with. One said that the yard didnt need mowing, keep in mind I have already done all of my other yards 2-3 times already this year. She calls and said she may think that it has gotten out of hand. I went by there cause I knew what I was gonna find, weeds knee high and cane had started growing from the neighbors yard some 9ft tall and wants me to do it for the alotted amount I cut the yard normally for, cause she says she cant afford it. The other client, wants us to be there at a certain time when she wants us there and wants to be there when we are there. Both individuals are elderly women. Im sorry but I dont put up with people like this no matter what you do its always your fault and you can never please them and I have no time to deal with them. Would any of you put up with this?
  2. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    Cut your loses.....bottem line!!
  3. Golfpro21

    Golfpro21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    I wouls say good bye
  4. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    As bad as the economy is in my area, as many a dime a dozen LCO's there are here, I would have to let them go as I had one exactly like the "it don't need cutting till you need a bush hog" that I had to cut lose. Sometimes they just ain't worth the trouble and I put up with a lot of BS before I cut one.
  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 38,545

    Sub it out to a lowballer on Craigslist
  6. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    I got out of residential at the turn of the century. Lots of games and hard to get paid from at times.
    Regular routines are required to make money....none of this, "whenever I want you you will jump for me" bs.

    If they only owe a hundred dollars, small claims is 125 plus tax here, and a builders lien is about 250 for the filing fee for a residential lot. It wasn't worth the problems.

    I finally took on some residentials again last year, as I needed more income to pay for the business. I now accept visa and mastercard and amex.
    The clients sign a contract and I charge their account at the beginning of the month.

    If I take post dated checks, I also get a credit card number for security.

    I realise this isn't an option for many.

    Also, no matter who you have for clients: residential, commercial, will always
    have a jerk that messes you up. You're always dodging bullets so to speak

    What alot of us are trying to do here, is get paid at the beginning of the month.
    The time and frustration it takes to get paid at the end of the month is immense at times. I've had people hide behind curtains, and with call display they don't answer the phone.

    Now if I could just get the hoa's to pay with a credit card at the beginning of the month,
    then I believe there would be even less frustration.
  7. gebby

    gebby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    Just say dear, I know what you are saying, You can't afford me and, I can't afford you. I'm here if you want it cut fine, if not, fine. Next week it will be twice as much as today and so on.
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    You have to make them understand that you're a contractor and you work under your terms....take control. If that doesn't work for them then tell them you're sorry but they will have to find someone else.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Folks like that, as a rule they only call me once.

    But I knock it down and make it look nice too, mostly for just about the regular price.
  10. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,384

    This is how I would handle it.

    Some people will just never get it, they think they should be able to tell you how to run YOUR business

    I had a call a few weeks ago, gave the guy our monthly price told him how we do things. He said, well, that's kinda bad for business isn't it . :hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:

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