Join Date: Feb 2013
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Stressed from sg
So I have battled ALL winter with SG on their zones. I have worked since 09 doing grass cuts and until this season snow removal. Although, I grossed approximately 100K each year, I feel that I was spinning my wheels for nothing.
I have been getting 35.00 per grass cut with anywhere from 70-120 grass cuts in past years. The zones were huge and I ran my 06 F250 into the ground because of all the miles I drove for them.
I started working on Monday for the 2013 season. They had tried to give me 189 orders to start! I told them that I would not do their entire zone. They told me to take it or leave it. I left it and my regional called right back and allowed me to only work in certain counties. (this absolutely shocked me that they folded, but then found out that they only have one other guy and he is capped out currently in this zone).
To make a already long story short, I started going to these properties, two trucks, three guys plus, me. 35.00 per property to do an "Inititial Grass Cut" But of course, they want all the leaves, sticks, debris etc removed. They pay extra for bushes but of course they are all overgrown.
Out of the 50 I did in the first three days, 20 were so bad, that I couldn't even do work at them, many needed a spring cleanup (SG will say that they'll pay you to remove leaves BUT, they will always cut your pricing). I'm sick of the crap work and treatment. Today, I told my regional I want more money to do this work. She told me she would request it but said that anyone that did request it would be denied. If the properties just needed mowing that would be fine, but these properties are TRASHED. 1 hour or so for many properties (and that isn't even doing a great job).
I sat down with the wife, told her how I felt about SG. She absolutely hates them. They've sucked the life out of me. I did the ICPI and NCMA certifications for pavers and walls in the past few years and figure it's time to jump into that realm instead of mowing all day every day and then coming home at night and sitting in front of the computer for 5 hours. 18 hour days suck and I'm happy to be rid of SG and crap pay. I hope I didn't just plow my business under, but I'd rather try another more local strategy than driving over an hour to get to my first stop in the morning.
Thanks for listening to my rant. I hope others see a guy who was running 2 trucks for 4+ years for SG, finally realized they aren't worth the money.
One last thing. Anyone feel any better working for AMS rather than SG. I am signed up and their zone is VERY local for me. I am sure they have issues, but are they any better than SG?