Holiday and the day after

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Gerschel, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Gerschel

    Gerschel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Please consider your answer in terms of maintenance and projects.
    I am curious to see some thoughts and answers on:

    Which holidays and/or the day after do you prefer not to work without a customer request?

    In general, how have your customers responded with work on holidays or the day after?

    Requests to do, or not to do?

    Extra charges for which holidays?
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Growing up in the 50's through 70's many people worked sat and sundays. Matter of fact as blue laws were repeeled more and more business' opened on sundays.

    Also even today many people still work christmas eve and new years eve.

    I remember when my dad went from private industry to civil service he went from 6 holidays to 12. To this day many in the private sector still only get 6 paid holidays.

    Landscaping 99.99% of the time the work can be put off. A hospital can't. If one was to do snow removal well the nature of that buisness does not let that work get put off.

    Thing is I would work the day after, and as with most people and most holidays people have to work so I can't see a customer not wanting landscaping done just because it's the day after a holiday.

    A day that is not used to make money. One can never get that day or money that lost money back.

    As one gets near retirement age and realize that there is not enough money to retire and not enough years left to earn enough.
  3. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,338

    We try not to work on Any MAJOR holidays simply put.
    X-mas is iffy... If it snows we're working!

    Also if we are behind on mowing we will work... we worked on labor day
    Out of 19+ Years i have had maybe 5 question my jugement on coming on a holiday...
    If it rains for an excessive amount of days i have no choice but to cut on a holiday!

    Especially if it is sunny and dry! Its not very professional and i know it but i have even told a couple of my customers off, after they asked me why i was at their house.
    I know its not really professional

    Now if they look like they are busy/ having a party we skip them... Lol i do remember once i cut a lawn while my customer was on the deck eating dinner... Best way to crash a party.. Gained 5 customers and got a free plate!

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