Sometimes you have a good day, week, or month, but every once in a while, you are going to have one of those days where everything works against you. When you are running a lawn care business, such days will cost you financially. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, when you find things aren’t going your way and it looks like it’s going to get worse before it gets better, take a break. Don’t work mad. If you find yourself mad, take a break until you’re not mad anymore and then start again. Even if it means calling it a day.
One lawn care business owner wrote “so today, I put a 14,000 registration weight trailer on the truck this morning with a 3,800 pound tractor/loader on the back and headed out. In my area, we have a division here called highway enforcement. Basically they stop commercial vehicles and check them head to toe. Any who tows anything knows being stopped by them is a major Pain In The Ass as it can take 60 to 90 min for the full inspection.
I have been stopped in the past by them as they wanted to check my straps to see if they were certified. Anyhow sure enough I get pulled over again, and this officer said he wants to weigh the trailer. I said you have to be kidding, here is the registration, I can carry 14,000 pounds do you honestly think that little tractor weighs 7 tons or do you think the bottom of the trailer is lined with gold? I don’t generally cop an attitude but there is a very large group of us that are sick and tired of this BS.
Anyhow he has me drive on the portable scale and low and behold I was telling the obvious truth. After 30 minutes of screwing around with this, I get to the job site and drop the tractor off.
Next thing I know, my phone is ringing and sure enough, it’s the sod company calling. The driver was pulled over with our order and the truck can’t be moved as they found a hole in his netting and they have to replace it. The ETA for this is 3 hours. Great! Now I have three guys standing around on a job site for 3 hours that I have to pay.
I decide to leave that job site and the staff there to wait as I head to another crew I had that is doing a driveway install. All of of a sudden I get a text, the gravel is not here. Oh what now! So I called our supplier and found their truck broke an axle en route. They are sending a replacement but will have a backlog of about 2 hours. That’s two more crew members waiting around for another 2 hours.
I make a phone call and find my mowing crews are behind too! So I head home to pick up a new compact utility tractor I just got and put the mowing deck on. After wards I head to a site. This unit has only 36 hours. I mow for a while then go around a tree and the tires are turning up the sod up like there is no tomorrow! I take it to a gravel area to test it but it won’t do it again. I am then thinking it was a freak thing, so I test it on the customer’s new interlocking brick driveway. I drive up and attempt to turn in the driveway and as I look down I see major black marks!
At this point I am very upset. I have to take the unit back to Deere but don’t have time until Monday. I call the dealer who hasn’t sold many of these units and he tells me he never had dealt with such an issue. I load the tractor back on the trailer and head to check on the sod crew.
As I begin driving, I look up and the sky looks black in the area where they are. I have lived in this area all my life and have and seen hail maybe once. I pull up to the job site and the skies open up. It begins to hail so hard that it hurt if you are outside and hails long enough to turn the topsoil we had put down white. That’s it. I call it a day and I send the crews home.
Man I sure hope tomorrow is a lot better!”
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