Work or sell?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by thegreek, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    Earlier this year I made a guys hands bleed, when he had to wheel barrow 45 yards of mulch around. I fired him for working to slow.

    My guys get twice as much done alone than they do when I am scheduled with them.
    Why?? Cause I have better things to do than shovel dirt. I have to answer 50 phone calls a day and this tends to slow things down a bit. Also, I paid my dues and now I have people to do that crap for me.

    Lower your starting rate and make your idiots earn their pay checks. Then give raises due to exemplery service. I also find that being an ass and and not letting them get away with slow work is very effective. I can replace any one who works for me. I don't want to , but I can.
  2. bigclawnman

    bigclawnman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Hey I appriciate that. Thanks.


  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    So are you saying that you became a scaper to be 'a suit'? Why not get a job as a receptionist that pays benefits and drop the headache? Or, did you become a scaper to dig your own little power trip?
  4. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    I hear that. I specifically hired an office manager last year so I didn't have to directly deal with that sort of stuff. I find I'm more useful in the field than in the office.
  5. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    I have spent too many years building this company to let some office manager talk to my customers. Office flunky handles office crap, billing payroll ,taxes. I talk to customers and I am still my best salesman.

    I got in cause I like to use my hands. I stayed in 'cause I like money. So am I less respectable if I don't play in the dirt anymore. This stuff about being a suit is crap. I have a wife and kids who expect me to pay the mortgage and put food on the table and somehow figure out how to take them to Disney World next year. I choose to do this because I am good at it. But I don't really care what biz I own.

    Make your company work for you.
  6. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    My office manager is my wife. She handles talking to clients over the phone, setting up meetings, and I go out and meet with them in person. She's definitely not a flunky, and can handle the bookeeping and other office stuff as well.

    We built this company from scratch, and we both know what we're good at. I hate talking on the phone, but love meeting with clients in person.
  7. thegreek

    thegreek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I was wondering whats better door to door salesman/women. Who does better male or female?
  8. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Sounds like your doing a good job.
  9. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    Thank you:waving::):)
  10. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    most people are more willing to let a woman start her pitch in a door to door setting. But that doesn't means they will let her close. Most people will naturally stereotype that the women doesn't know what is going on.

    Also, I tend to work mostly with wives. While most of them like my wife, they tend to come to me when it comes to things happening in the field, even though she could answer 90% of their questions.

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