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Late night phone calls

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Uranus, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    Don't you love the phone calls that come in after say 8:00 pm from people looking for service. I have an ad in the local paper right now and keep getting phone calls between 8 and 10 pm. Good thing I put my cell phone number in the paper. I also had a regular customer call the other day pissed off about his cleanup price at 9:15 pm. Do they really think I want to work from 7 am to 10pm? WTF. I had several call like this in the past year. I don't answer them but it is still annoying. Care to share your stories?:realmad:
     
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I'll answer until 9, but if they call after that they get a call @ 7:30 the next morning. My regular calling hours are 8 - 8.
     
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    i had a guy call at 930 to tell me his driveway was getting seal coated and not to come for a couple days i need an office line and not my cell phone
     
  4. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    Just be thankful that he called you.

    I used my house phone number for the business only because I didn't want to pay for an extra line in case I didn't make it on my first year. I'll get a business line soon for 07. I dont answer the phone after 7:30 or 8. I dont mind the 7:01 am phone calls but the late calls interrupt my kids schedule. I have a 2 and 4 year old kids. Youngest goes to bed around 8 and I'm not going to run around the house every night and morning turning on and off ringers.
     
  5. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    I dont mind getting calls at any time as it usually means $$$. The calls I dont like is when you are mowing or whatever and have to shut down the machine and stop and spend 5 mins talking, only to find out you are not gonna get the job anyway.
     
  6. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    The latest call that I have received from a complete stranger wanting an estimate was at 11:45. No Joke:hammerhead: We all love things that are open 24 hours right?:laugh:

    It is definately not uncommon for the old people to call before 7:00 AM though.:sleeping:
     
  7. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I got you beat, 11:49 for me.:)
     
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858


    Depends on what kind of service we are talking here! For some things i'm open 24/7. My phone is within reach of my bed, if they need me that bad i'm sure it's important, lol
     
  9. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    i love when dad wants me to help him he calls me 5:45am and honastly thinks that i am going to remember the materal list he rattles off to me. then always asks "you ain't still asleep are you?"
     
  10. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Not sure what the problem is...ever stop to think these people were intending to leave a message??????? I don't think anyone expects someone to answer a business phone late in the evening.

    I get calls past 9pm...I never answer as they are not expecting me to answer...
     

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