Take a moment......

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Carolina Cutter, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Yes, this may be another thread that others consider to be about lowballers and scrubs but it also contained a lesson to it.

    Yesterday, saturday, it was a quite nice 82 degrees here in NC and a really beautiful day. I woke in the morning and had to go to the bank so I pulled out my motorcycle and rode to town. Rode back and the neighbor across the street asked me to look at their riding mower (I don't push for this business because of old time friendship) so I go and look at the Old Murray rider, bad solinoid, no big deal. Get done with that and go back across the street to my homespread and think "Hey, it's so nice that I think I will wash the truck and the bike and get the yard a little spruced up". Mind you I try not to work on Saturday due to being busy during the week. Flash back......this was kinda a bad week, lost 2 accounts and no phone ringing for what I had to offer, just for jobs outta my expertise.....working on that. So, being kinda bummed about the loss of two customers, I decided to make this my weekend and get some things done around the house. Got the truck washed and then the bike.....now beginning to polish the bike. Mind you , I live in the country, in a neighborhood, but not much traffic on my street and I hear a vehicle coming down the street. I look up and here is this beat up old Chevy truck with a trailer behind it with a Toro wb being held together with DUCTTAPE. A real sorry outfit. No trimmers, no blowers, no trashcans, no hedge clippers, no nothing but the Toro. Two guys in the truck and one driving the other going door to door asking if people wanted their yard mowed. They got no takers on my street, especially after I introduced myself and told them what I did, but the LESSON IS that they were out there. And although I don't know this to be true, they might have made a lot of money that day just banging on doors. Yes, real scrubs they were and I made that clear to them but they were out there working the business while I was at home feeling like the end was near over losing 2 accounts. I guess, I saw something in them that we all lose sight of every so often....DRIVE. SO, THIS WEEK I WILL BE OUT THERE DOING MY REGULAR ACCOUNTS AND FOLLOWING AN EXAMPLE of using drive to add to my account list and not just sit back and let the other guy succeed. I suddenly have a new determination!!!!! Thanks for listening to my ranting.
  2. MikesLS

    MikesLS LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 35

    Hey dude, I too lost 2 accts this week,to a co. called (-----------).
    2 guys in an old escort with hatch taken off and 2 old sears
    push mowers,will mow any lawn for 10 or 15 dollars.
    So can I compete with that well no,but I like you will keep on
    keepin on.
    Hey Merlin Good Luck and don`t forget it is still early,I dont get
    real busy till school lets out.

  3. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 458

    Sometimes you gotta be hungry before you starve
  4. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Yea, season is going good, but finding myself wanting more everyday. Maybe I am becoming a WORKAHOLIC.

    I was always told that "Hunger is the greatest motivator!"
  5. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    But guys I hope you see the lesson. Sometimes I find myself down because business is not what it should be and I find the end of the day coming and I really haven't done anything about that. These guys were out there banging doors, making it happen. I guess if there's nothing happening you gotta MAKE it happen!
  6. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073


    I commend you for a quite refreshing attitude about "competition" So often you read on this board how lowballers and scrubs are ruining someone's life/business. People will ruin their own business faster than any scrub or lowballer can for them. Easy to get caught up into what the other guy is doing to you instead of what you can do to improve your business. My congradulations on your contiued success!!
  7. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Well, maybe I was saying that I didn't like the idea that these guys were "on my turf" but I had to admire their drive. I guess that sometimes we get the nice equipment, nice trailer and truck, uniforms, insurance, business cards, etc and we forget what makes this work. DETERMINATION! I guess we get on here and complain that no calls are coming in when in reality if that is the case we should be out there beating the bushes. I have sat back and complained with the best of them when I should have been out there among them.

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