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New kid trying to take over my area

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by johnnyusa, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. johnnyusa

    johnnyusa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 514

    I had a kid in the neighborhood, who's parents got divorced a few yrs ago trying to get a lawn service going part time ( he's goin to college) I was busy in the fall so I let him do 4 leave cleanups and he got paid the full price.I knew he was looking for more cust. so i told him before i gave him the work not to give any fliers out to my customers and he said i would never, next thing I hear he"s dropping off fliers ( right next door to the new people moving in the same day ) in the same neighborhood Ive been cutting for yrs.and is gonna be cutting a few lawns where houses were just sold by giving them super low bids. Should I say something to the kid. hes 19yrs. old this is something I wouln"t have done.
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,822

    "My Area" doesn't exist in the lawncare world. Its the area you service.
    I just wouldn't send him anymore business. Thats about all you can do
  3. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Not much you can do except hope that your quality and longevity in the area speaks for itself. If he did not approach your customers (from your post I got that he did not), thats business. It sucks but there always seems to be someone trying to do it for a buck cheaper.
  4. Leone LawnCare

    Leone LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    you know i was wasnt going to reply but then i thought this persons opinion isnt justified. I am 19, i have been cutting lawns since i was 12. Now this year i have 80 lawn customers. Next year i will have around 225 because im buying someone out. Now why should age be a factor in why this "kid irritates you" trust me there is 15 different companys that pass out flyers in my neighborhoods but i know i do good work and communicate regularly with my customers. I dont worry. If your worried then i would take a serious look in the mirror and ask yourself how and why he is taking your customers and why they arent loyal to you. And by the way by the time im 40 im going to be retired. Dont get flustered over this "kid" learn from him. Good businesses evolve.
  5. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    What are you going to say to him?

    Its not illegal what he's doing. You sound a little insecure about your prices and work if you think a 19 year old PTer is going to take your customers.
  6. wally world III

    wally world III LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    quit being a ball baby..................

    i hate to tell you BUT, this usa..........

    get over it period
  7. johnnyusa

    johnnyusa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 514

    I should of noted, That when i was showing him the work i was giving him I told him there was people moving in soon and I was gonna approach them . I am not insecure about pricing when you have a legal business and the neighborhood calls for 30.00 and some one comes along w/ no insurance , doesnt have any responsilities and starts giving prices for 17.00 and free cleanups it ruins the business.
  8. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    It's called a competitive business...
  9. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    Better learn to deal with it now. Its going to be happening for a long time.
  10. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    That's why I take the attitude of helping NOBODY! Why should I? So, just as in your case, they can stab me in the back a year later. F 'em. I literally turn work down and/or tell them I don't know anyone to recommend before I will give anyone else a shot at it anymore. I tried the buddy nice guy route in business, it doesn't pay off. It's all about me now.

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