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Dont be this guy

Discussion in 'Business Management' started by xxl, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. xxl

    xxl ArboristSite Guru

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    Today I saw a very unprofessional tree worker. I was talking with a friend and saw this white car drive around slowly he was writing stuff down. It was a plain white car. My friend approached him and asked what are you doing. With that he said none of you business. My friend said well how do i know your not up something shady. With that he told him go [email protected]#& your self. Then my friend called the police to have them check him out after he got hostile with him He gets out after sitting in his car for about 10 mins gives estimate and leaves. How was my friend supposed to know was a tree worker. What I do when i get people asking me what i am doing i tell them I am here at this place to give a estimate and i hand them a card. It has paid off so much doing stuff this way. The neighbors see what you did at that house then they want the same. Always keep cards hand shake and a smile in your truck. That will keep busy
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    Me being a large shady lookin dude, i absolutely have to be friendly, otherwise its real tough splainin to the police
     
  3. Treebark19

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    Always important to look the part when on the job. Being like that guy will only put obstacles in your path.
     
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    I feel like this is becoming the new norm. I am having a harder and harder time winning bids because these other shady companies have less than standard safety practices which can help them sell their services for cheaper. Not sure how to get around this. But I definitely don't want to be in the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" crowd.
     
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    chipper1 Living Life to the Full

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    Tenderfoot ArboristSite Guru

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    Don't compete on price and emphasize quality. A lot of those guys don't clean up too well afterwords and leave lots of yard damage. No point in competing for the cut-rate market in a race to the bottom. Nobody wins and everybody loses.
     
  7. Jared Siler

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    Thanks! That was always my feeling, but it doesn't make it any easier to see business flow towards these guys because people are cost conscious (which they should be) and very rarely do the due diligence necessary to choose a tree removal company.
     
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    Tenderfoot ArboristSite Guru

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    It wont flow that way forever. As homeowners become more and more internet savvy, due diligence will be easier. By the time you account for cleanup costs (especially if you have to hire someone else after) the better crews are the same price, or cheaper. The pendulum may swing the other way soon enough.
     

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