When you are new to business, you tend to be targeted by nonsense scammers trying to harness your energy for their business goals. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one new entrepreneur who was contacted and ask to attend a meeting that supposedly would help him double his business. As you will see, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
One lawn care business owner wrote “I had three Christmas lights jobs today and ended at around 3 o’clock. So, I decided to go door to door and do some marketing. I passed out about one hundred door hangers and talked to a dozen people.
As I was doing this a guy in his truck rolled up next to me and said that he saw my ambition going door to door and my young age. He then asked what I was marketing and I told him my landscape services business and I handed him a business card. He then said that he owns a business development company and gave me he his card. We talked about my company for awhile and he asked me if I wanted to meet with him and talk about how he can grow my company’s profit by $80,000 to $150,000 in one year.
I am of course interested but not quite sure what to think of it. So we set up a time to meet. I thought to myself that it wont hurt to give it a try. I was taking a look at his business card and it was one of the 250 free ones you get from Vistaprints which might say something about his company. I tried looking him up online but could not find much information.
So basically I am just wondering what you guy’s think of this matter. Should I follow through with the meeting or not? I feel that he owns a fairly new company and thought to give me a try because of the ambition he saw in me. Is it a scam possibly. After some thought, I figured it might be a scam or it might not but I came to the realization of who really cares! I decided to give it a try and meet him I mean I can’t go wrong with a free latte.
When I finally did meet up with him, I found out he was trying to sell me *MWAY. If your are familiar with that company it is all based off selling their products through social networks. At the meeting were about 50 other people in suits and a speaker. All they did was talk about the financial possibilities of what this business can get you but didn’t talk about how to achieve it.”
A second lawn care business owner said “if it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, or quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. This sounded like a scam. I would have bet it was a scam. Next time, toss the card and forget him.
Now when someone comes up to you and says ‘I like the way you work, would you like some more?’ then you got a good thing.”
A third added “I hate these bs business development consultants. I am calling bullcrap on it. I wouldn’t have even gone. I wouldn’t waste my time.
If he had ANYTHING to offer you, he would have said it right there on the spot. Steer clear of stuff like this in the future. You have your own business and you are doing fine. You don’t need anyone elses ‘business development services’.
If they are looking to hire you for lawn care, then that is good. If they are trying to divert your energy to their business, it’s simply not worth your time. As you learn and grow, you get better at weeding out the nonsense and focus more of your time on what is important to you.”
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