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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LushGreenLawn, May 19, 2007.

  1. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    I lost two accounts today because the 14 year old kid that just moved in next door needs some spending money. These accounts were part of 3 that were next door to each other.

    I may be losing the third one soon, as the kid is mowing for "next to nothing".

    I'm just venting a little here.... I just left my full time job, and right away lose 2 customers. This is by no means going to ruin me, but it is frustrating that I put all this time and money into this business, and some kid that does not have to worry about taxes, paying for state and city licenses, insurance, ect come in and undercuts me severly because he needs a little spending money.

    What sucks the most is that the two homeowners are telling me that they loved my service, and that I did absolutly nothing wrong, they just want to help the kid out. I would rather have been fired because I screwed.

    I am sympathetic to the kid who is out trying to make a buck, but in the end I get the shaft.

    Thanks for reading my little temper tantrum.
  2. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    If he does good work offer him a job for $8 an hour. This way you get your yards back but you could take on more yards.
  3. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    Charge them more is they call you back.:waving:
  4. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985

    Hang in there, when it gets hot the kid might become a little less reliable. Unfortunately this is pretty typical. :cry:
  5. johnnywill08

    johnnywill08 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA z6
    Messages: 383

    threaten to break the kid's legs.... that always works for me.
  6. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I have practically gotten out of the "mow and blow" business. Full-service year-round accounts is all I take now. Between that and the "personal service" I offer my customers, the kid down the street can't take my business.

    Besides, it's not what he'd want anyway.:)
  7. johnnywill08

    johnnywill08 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA z6
    Messages: 383

    i still think breaking his legs is a viable option.
  8. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 391

    When they call you back raise them $5.00 per cut. New rates for new customers. They will call it's not hot yet.
  9. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,786

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I hear you on being frustrated about stuff like that. It happens to most from time to time. Not a lot you can do. There will be more accounts that come along though.
  10. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    once school starts they will call you back, thats when you sign them up for 1 year

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