I keep turning work down. What's wrong with me?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wildstarblazer, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The last few weeks I have had people call for estimates and I have been so lazy that I don't even call back. Some of them leave a message like I have an acre and I need a clean up and I'm like, I just don't want to.

    I hate doing leaves and this time of year I just want to relax a little even tho I still could use the money I keep letting these customers get by. Am I nuts or what?
  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,695

    Calling them back and referring a buddy would be nice.
  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,376

    Your not hungry enough to really care. If you have customers calling you about estimates to be given for future work, most people in nearly any industry would would at least refer the work to someone else.
    If enough potential customers call your number and you do not even answer the phone, it will only be a matter of time before the phone stops ringing all together. Weather through advertising or your existing customer base people network with one another. Once you break their confidence in your ability to provide services rendered much less return a phone call the rumor mongers will get to work and than your competition will come in and finish off what is left of your customer base. I have seen this happen before, it's up to you if you want the same to happen to you and your business.
    easy-lift guy
  4. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,024

    Your right, I need to get back with people but I hate the phone. I need an assistant for sure.
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,713

    The weather around my place has been terrible, I don't get any calls and its eighter super cold or raining.

    Messages: 1,343

    If you don't want it I am sure you have a buddy who does.
    My friends and I do this quite often.
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  7. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Messages: 556

    I started doing that last season, I did refer them to someone else though...I work solo, so I just decided that I couldn't be everything to everybody, I was burning myself out...I have been focusing on things I can do myself, narrowing my customer base to weed out the slow payers, etc. sort of rebuilding.....
  8. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    It's called burnout.
  9. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    Lost the drive for the industry. Make a change. New Years resolution.
  10. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,846

    I did this after my third season. I noticed last year how much money was lost and started taking those jobs. This year I'm booked for half the winter and will sell more.
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