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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?
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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?
Umm you pretty much summed up why a lot of us on this forum have bailed. The money is no longer there the requirements are well past rediculous, waiting 45 days or more for money owed to you while the company that owes it to you is playing with it.(ponzi) dealing with cube monkeys that see the world only on a computer screen and try to tell you what kind, how many, before during and after pictures to take. Watching a pie get sliced into slivers with yours being the smallest, and the fact that you cannot trust ANY company providing orders were pretty much deal breakers for me after 7 years involved with this circus. You haven't seen anything yet get out before you lose anymore valuable time or money which is the only guarantee in this business.
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Umm you pretty much summed up why a lot of us on this forum have bailed. The money is no longer there the requirements are well past rediculous, waiting 45 days or more for money owed to you while the company that owes it to you is playing with it.(ponzi) dealing with cube monkeys that see the world only on a computer screen and try to tell you what kind, how many, before during and after pictures to take. Watching a pie get sliced into slivers with yours being the smallest, and the fact that you cannot trust ANY company providing orders were pretty much deal breakers for me after 7 years involved with this circus. You haven't seen anything yet get out before you lose anymore valuable time or money which is the only guarantee in this business.
I must say they have pulled something most people can't do. Make the contractor pay to do the work! I've been doing leaf cleanups for just under $200, where if I was naming my price, I could get $400-$500 EASY. Ive been on janitorials where I have to "refresh" lightly clean the entire house for $25! and I have to pay for the supplies! I signed up for this just so supplement my plowing income, but im spending my own money to do the work, and I make almost nothing! I don't mind the work, but the money has to match, if I cant fight for more money they can all kiss my ass.
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I wish you the best of luck. However, experience tells me that your clients will be puckering up shortly..........



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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?
Those type of customers aren't the industry, they just market themselves that way. Welcome aboard.
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Cary huh........ lived there for years... right off 14 and cary Algonquin road...
Moved a bit further north In Boone county...

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