Worst thing about being young in the business

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by mwalz, May 3, 2014.

  1. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,179

    So i can't say that this has come up on here yet. I know many of you, including myself, are still in high school. What do you hate the most about being in school and doing this kind of work? I hate only being able to work on the weekends. It also drives me crazy that i can't answer my phone in school to answer for a potential client. Lets not turn this in to a discussion of how to run a business, just what is the thing or things you younger guys hate?
  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    I always hated the " lawn boy" mentality of some customers.

    Giving a price to do a cleanup and having them look at you and say " well I figured for a couple hours of work I could give you $20 and a box of cookies"..........

    Or you could pay me the $125 I quoted you for ;)
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  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,761

    the perception of "lack of".... ethics, responsibility, time management, trustworthy, knowledge, long term commit.... Do you want me to go on? haha.

    I really applaud anyone out there still in their teens who are actually "working". I'm 33 and started mowing for spending money in jr. high. I don't think that teens had quite as "lazy" of a reputation back in the late 90's as they do today, but between the xbox, ps4, ipad, whatever, a lot of kids have that lazy mentality.
  4. Regal Landscapes

    Regal Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 202

    I hate having the limited hours to work and only being able to call people after school.

    I don't like the mentality of some people who expect you to have a lot lower prices just because you're a kid.

    I do like the respect I get from teachers, friends, and other people because I'm running my own business at this age and I'm someone in this generation who isn't afraid to work with my hands.
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  5. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    Im 17 also and am a junior in highschool. I always answer my phone during school. Some teachers are cool withit or I just ask to go to restroom. I do my estimates/billing in study hall.
    Just a big balancing act
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  6. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Messages: 6,825

    Pretty well summed up what I was going to say.:drinkup:
  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    25 here but been at it a while, people asking how old i am or "how long I've been doing this"
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  8. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,478

    i remember when i was 23, and working for a spray company how many of the customers on my route that finally got the chance to meet me in person didn't give me much of a chance because i "looked like i was still in high school".. or they would call in to complain that the company just sent a "boy" out to evaluate the lawn and used the fact that i look young to dis-credit any of my advice about the lawn. I hated that. Now i'm just an old grey headed fart, and don't have that problem. ahh, to be young again. time flies! lol.
  9. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I hate sitting in school when I could be making money
  10. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Good thread!

    Im 23. Some people are great, but I definitely dislike the immediate lack of respect people show when a young guy gets out of a nice new truck when they call me.

    I try to be very aware of body language and facial expressions and sometimes I notice right off the bat, a stupid smirk or "oh boy" look when I get out of the truck or they come out to meet me. Then they put on a front/ fake personality thing where they act like they're the "adult" and you're the "kid".

    I find you just have to be better at playing their game than they are.

    One guy who I got this vibe from last year laughed at my price, my contract and wanted me to change all of it, and was very disrespectful to me and my business. Goes without saying I didn't end up doing business with him. If people show that they don't care about me or my business, I don't care about them, their house/lawn/project. Simple as that. I think it saves a good amount of headaches.

    I also dislike when people discredit my advice. Happens all the time. If they don't want to believe me they don't have to. I also like proving myself after the fact, or walking away and keeping my cool. Either works for me. :walking:

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