Has anyone had to fire a customer?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Gecko Lawns, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,516

    You did the right thing.

    Each year I get rid of the problem customers. Not every customer is a good fit for you, just as you aren't a good fit for every customer.
  2. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 20,056

    Best 15 dollars you could of spent :cool2:
  3. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 20,056

    I lost my biggest customer at the beginning of summer due to unrealistic expectations and the crazy spring weather:hammerhead:
    Very nice person just were growing further apart becoming a bad fit:wall:
  4. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 20,056

    dont worry if they havent had a problem themselves someone close to them friend or family has had an addictionThumbs UpThumbs Up:help:
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  5. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,002

    Yeah, it happens.

    I only keep a few spots open for the elderly that I give big discounts to. When/if they start becoming hard to deal with, that’s when we have a little discussion. I can work with them being difficult but the discount will be eliminated. They either become easier to work with or they find someone else.

    I’ve had 1 in the last 5 years tell me he’d find someone else. He did and he pays more for lower quality. Seen him at the bank 1 day the following season and asked if I had any open slots. Nope cuz I filled your old slot the day after you quit.

    When you have a waiting list, you have all the leverage. Losing/dropping a customer doesn’t hurt like it will if your route isn’t full.
  6. OP
    Gecko Lawns

    Gecko Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I know what you mean.
    I have had some elderly customers the were a bit prickly when I started but they have warmed up over time.
    We do run full capacity so if we take on a new job we normally pice increase a couple of lower paying lawns to see if one drops off.
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  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    You put up with a lot more than I would have.
  8. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 6,478

    The more experience you get the easier it is to recognize customers that don't fit your business model up front. Have a conversation with them from the start to see if you're right for each other.
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  9. Mownmachine144

    Mownmachine144 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    I had one of my favorite clients I started my business on discontinue my service this year. "Last year I mean".
    He was a good old man supporting me when I first started. He called me and said he no longer needed me to do his lawn, because he had got someone else that sprays round up in the cracks. For the same price I charged.
    I normally don't do round up or any spray solutions on any of my accounts
    It was very disappointing he discontinued me. I have dropped 3 lawns last year. In total how many people I lost all together was 5 in total last year.
    It's hard to let trusted clients go.
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  10. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,037

    Those bullet points would have fired her before we began service.
    Mark Oomkes likes this.

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