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Do you guys mow for your teachers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnInOrder, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. LawnInOrder

    LawnInOrder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    For the younger guys that are in school do any of you guys do that. For the older wiser guys, is it a good idea, like would business bewteen a certain teacher chnage the grade she/ he gives me? I have had alot of teachers ask me in teh past to mow. Most of them live like 5 minutes by car, but they are crossin main roads so i can;t use my current set-, which is teh golf cart, but for next year i told i would give them an estimate. So basiclly i am asking, am i gunna screw myself in the long run with mowing for teaqchers? like is it gunna affect my grade if we get into a money iussee:hammerhead: . Anyways a past teacher asked me to come by today to do a clean-up, said she would by $100 a hour without me even saying my hourly rate. She is a good tacher so i won;t charge here to much lol.... Let me get ur take on it. Thanks LawnInOrder
  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    Yea, I mow weekly for a teacher I had last trimester. I also do aerating and other odd jobs for my life science teacher that I had last year. In the past I have mowed or done cleanups for a few other teachers too. Never really had anything bad happend because of it, but I can see where ther would be a little bit of a problem maybe to get into a disagreement in the middle of the trimester or something.
  3. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    I cut the superintendent of the school's lawn... does that count?
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    You might want to offer free cuts to your English and Grammar teachers...
  5. Dstosh

    Dstosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 716

    Good one.

    On a lighter note. I have done work for teachers before, take your time and do a good job, it will be worth it.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    As a rule no and it shouldn't, but it could happen...
    So if you think it will (or if it does or you suspect it), I would advise steering clear from that relationship and move along, as it wouldn't be healthy either way. It may happen with one teacher or another, and if that is the case then going with someone else shouldn't, but if it happens constantly, then perhaps you should take a look in the mirror (not to be smart, just saying).

    As for a money issue, best I can tell you is do it by the cut, get paid for each and every cut and then if they don't pay you might have to let it go just to keep the peace (and so if it affects your grade it shouldn't hurt, but don't expect it to help as it probably won't).

    If you keep things strictly business, while it could affect you some kind of way, this would also be an excellent way to learn how to separate your business from life, so to speak (which isn't always such an easy thing to do).
    This lesson would come in handy later, such as when separating work from home.
  7. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    When I was still in school I did landscape work for the township superintendant, my principal and several teachers. Became quite interesting to see just how diffrent these people were out of school. My 11th grade Science teacher would come outside and smoke a cigarette with me. At the time when your still in school you always assume that teachers are perfect little angels..... It really caught me off guard when my principal walked outside with a beer in his hand and jokingly offerd me one. You will see a whole diffrent side of these people....they are human also!

    I still enjoy running into old teachers at a bar and getting hammerd with them! :laugh:
  8. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    if you are, then no, you never work fro friends, family , or neighbors, .... nothing but trouble... in fact do a search on the subject and you will see...
  9. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 450

    Being selective and cautious is one thing. If I took your advice, I wouldn't have any customers. In small towns, almost everyone is either a friend, family member or a neighbor. In fact, in my experience, the closer I am to the person, the better customer they are.

    In larger populated areas, being selective would be easier, but not in my neck of the woods. Home town population less than 500.

    Also, to the original poster, Definately mow for your teachers. Just treat them with respect and do a good job for a fair price, and you'll have no problems. They already respect your work ethic.
  10. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,848

    In the past I've mowed for some great teachers who were also great human beings. The big mystery: working for them was a complete disaster.:cry: . No more former teachers for me. They are so used to lecturing and not listening they make for bad custumers.

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