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Hello from Cary, IL!
Hi all! found this forum online from searching google, I'm on 3 other forums plowsite, lawnsite, and SMF if anyone is on those sites as well.
I've been in the green industry for 7 years now, whether it was owning a company, or working for someone. I have always been leery about getting into this kind of work because the money just isn't there, and I don't really cave in to the "volume" crap. a $20 grass cut is a $20 grass cut. But since we haven't had much snow so far this winter, I figured i'd give it a shot, so I went to work for a contractor about an hour away from me and I cover most of my county for him with regular maintenance work as well as initial trashouts for Freddie Mac
So far I think the 2 main aggravations I have with this industry are
- The fact that the "client" doesn't seem to have any understanding of time, reality, or common sense. Everything is a freaking emergency when it really isn't
- I have no idea what kind of ****ing knucklehead decided to require I take a picture of every window, spraying the window, wiping the window, the sill, wiping the sill, the clean sill, the clean window, on to the next window... WHAT THE ****? I spend more time taking pictures than the job I'm supposed to do! In the landscape world if I believed a customer didn't trust me, I'd either make an effort to help build trust or id drop them.
Also I read on here that your clients back charge for BS reasons. Can I just ask why you guys choose to be in an industry where the customer is looking for every chance to screw you over. Trust is a big deal for me, and I don't know why you want to be looking over your shoulder covering your ass every day. Is it really worth it?