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Warning/advice to newbies

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tom-N-Texas, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. Tom-N-Texas

    Tom-N-Texas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I wish I had known this piece of information when I started out. It would have saved me a ton of time and heartache. It's taken me the better part of 15 years to learn this. here it is:

    I used to be under the impression that if I offered the bestest, most greatest, most reliable-est, most detail oriented lawn service ever, that customers in turn would be ultra-loyal and would never leave me. And while this is occasionally (and even often) true, make no mistake.....nearly every customer is ultimately OUT FOR THEIR OWN INTERESTS.

    In otherwords, most customers would think nothing of canning you if the right circumstance presents itself. Or if you screw up somehow. Or if someone offers a lower price....or if some scrub throws shrub trimming in for free, etc. Heck, the customer could even move out of state and leave you high and dry. You never know.

    My point is you HAVE to look out for yourself. You're in this business to make money...not friends. Making friends is just a sidebar. Never sell yourself short. Don't give anything away for free. And NEVER EVER get emotionally attached or financially dependant on one single account.

    that's 15 years of experience in 4 paragraphs!
  2. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    Amen to that one
  3. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    Thanks for the insight, I take that to heart.
  4. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    I hear ya brotha'!
  5. jsmitheman

    jsmitheman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    wow... that's good advice. Thanks
  6. AEW

    AEW LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    You are definately right about not getting dependent on one account. Never ever do that. You are then only asking for trouble.
  7. ZaK18

    ZaK18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    We view ourselves as professionals, but to many, our profession is the bottom of the bucket line of work. Most of our customers look down on us, to them you are just the lawn guy, and wern't smart enough to get a real job so now you work in the dirt.
  8. Bob-Cat#1

    Bob-Cat#1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    That was very insightful and by far the best piece of advice I've gotten. Thanks for the help.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Sound advice for The-Not-So-Newbie as well.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    "nearly every customer is ultimately OUT FOR THEIR OWN INTERESTS."

    Read between the lines people. You are in business. Business is about giving people what they want. Of course people are out for their own interests. Did you think they got you to cut grass because they felt like helping lawnboys.

    Learn how to SELL. Selling is about learning what the customer wants and finding out how to provide that.
    Too many people ask what color mower to use and never ask about what business training to take or sales books to read.
    You make $10.00 an hour to cut grass- you make $100.000.00+ a year to run a business. What do you want to learn about???

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