Professional grasscutters???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1MajorTom, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    So many times on here, I hear the word "professional" thrown around.
    "it's not professional if you drive an older truck.", "it's not professional if you wear a tank top when cutting grass.", "you're not a professional if you don't have a website.", "it's not professional if your equipment isn't clean.", and so on and so on.....
    But really now, will a grass cutter ever be considered a PROFESSIONAL by the general public?
    When I think of professional jobs, I think of doctors, lawyers, nurses, judges, pharmacists, etc, etc, etc.

    When I look at SERVICE RELATED workers, I see many of them as hardworking, honest decent guys. But the word professional never enters my mind.

    What's your take on this?
  2. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    We dont consider ourselves professional's ,just a great LawnCare company that does quality work as a service to the public. But ive had several clients tell me we do professional work:laugh: :waving: Hay Jodi you guys get a lot of rain Yesterday,it finally rained on and off all day yesterday Ya hoo!
  3. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Well, if you go by Webster's definition:

    1. following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain: a professional builder.
    2. of, pertaining to, or connected with a profession: professional studies.
    3. appropriate to a profession: professional objectivity.
    4. engaged in one of the learned professions: A lawyer is a professional person.
    5. following as a business an occupation ordinarily engaged in as a pastime: a professional golfer.
    6. making a business or constant practice of something not properly to be regarded as a business: “A salesman,” he said, “is a professional optimist.”
    7. undertaken or engaged in as a means of livelihood or for gain: professional baseball.
    8. of or for a professional person or his or her place of business or work: a professional apartment; professional equipment.
    9. done by a professional; expert: professional car repairs.
    –noun 10. a person who belongs to one of the professions, esp. one of the learned professions.
    11. a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs: a golf professional.
    12. an expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant; pro.
    13. a person who is expert at his or her work: You can tell by her comments that this editor is a real professional.

    So technically, anyone who's doing maintenance for $ can be called a professional. I can't speak for the public's perception of us.

    Some of the criteria you gave, I think that it would make an outfit look un-professional, but that doesn't mean that they are not.

    This is why I'm always whining about image, and keeping my stuff clean, and wearing a company shirt and khakis on every job, remaining clean-shaven and cut, never EVER smoking on a jobsite, etc... IF some of the public has that type of perception, I'd try to do everything I could to reverse that perception, at least when it comes to myself and my business' image.
  4. hess

    hess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    I don't call my self a professional but i take my job very seriously i try to look better then any one else. Wearing polo shrits and work pants work boots and matching hats. It looks better on yourself when your dressed to the nines and you see someone else wearing shorts, tank tops, flip flopes etc. Some of the people i see i can't beleave that they would want them to do there lawn service.
  5. T Total Lawncare

    T Total Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from The deep south
    Messages: 1,442

    I think the gist of being a professional in this field is that we do it for money, thus it's a profession. Such is the case in High School and College Sports vs the NFL, NBA and so on. Money makes the difference of it being hobby vs a professional occupation. There are some cases in which you can get paid for services that have to be done, commonly for free if one does it for himself. If not he/she pays someone else to do it. You don't have to wear a suit and tie to be a professional.
  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    Driving through some neighborhoods today I saw some shockingly unprofessional looking Larry lawn mower operators. Equipment looked really haggard, blue smoke from a 4 strokes etc., ply wood sides on very low end trailers. It looks really bad. I would not want to hire them. A shinny new truck is not required but getting rid on the rust on my own Truck would be a good move. I looks tired and it concerns me. I appear to the public as clean cut and I handle myself professionally and I believe this makes up for the embarrassment of my my older tired truck. I doesn't look horrible but it does have some rust in the fenders. Yes I need to work on this Truck some more or buy a newer full size truck regardless.

    Would you want to hire an attractive professional acting person to work your Latte' stand or a scary toothless, greasy haired stinky person who lacks the skills to deal with people? I'm not trying to be a jerk but people do judge appearances to a large degree. If you look like a beaten down Larry lawnmower weekend warrior even if you have a business lic & insurance - do you really expect to grow your business when compared to someone else?

    Yes some of these operators are probably struggling financially to operate even with money under the table. Life is cruel at times but we need to deal with it and move on.
  7. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 739

    I for one would want the toothless skany guy so I can give him a $5 and have him make change for a $20 after a few choice words. He wouldn't last long but I could make a couple hun while he lasts. Thats just me though.
  8. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    We could call ourselves "Lawn Specialists"
  9. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    We didn't get any yesterday, but today it came down in buckets, and now it's raining again this evening. :clapping:
  10. nlminc

    nlminc LawnSite Bronze Member
    from GA
    Messages: 1,671

    I've been in business for almost 20 years....the bottom line is price with 95% of the people out there. I've been in business in the NE(Cape Cod)and here in Atlanta ove those years. I've had some people on ocean front properties on CC freak out when they saw my lettered truck pull up for a quote. One guy was expecting a college kid!

    Here in Atlanta there are many pro companies and but like the other day I passed a box truck in a 1+ mil sub division that was lettered "Cheap Lawn Mowing" in very large bold lettering with the co phone #!! They are pulling them in and working........

    I really don't think most people really care if you have the shirts, hats, ins. and lettering. I've seen so much bs over the years.....people beating me up over a dollar or two because some half azz company is in the neighborhood undercutting everyone.

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