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    1 Day Ago
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    3 Days Ago
    That's it, either you are or you ain't (a man of your word) - your choice to make. I'm glad someone brought up the customers that offer to pay more when its obviously underbid, they shouldn't go unmentioned in a thread such as this.
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    4 Days Ago
    Chris E replied to a thread Gaffless Palm Climbers in Gear Forum
    I'd love to have fancy clients like the Hilton Hotel
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    4 Days Ago
    Personally I think the Japanese have taken it a bit far... somewhere in the middle would be fine for me. Whats a handshake worth you ask, often sweet FA it seems but depends whos hand it is doin the shakin at the end of the day.
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    Chris E replied to a thread Gaffless Palm Climbers in Gear Forum
    Jomo, is this for increased climbing efficiency or just pita customers that don't want their precious palms spiked?
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    1 Week Ago
    That's a big part of the problem isn't it Chris, its rampant. Just this week I've had four dud quotes, not poor quality leads but either stood up, sent to the wrong suburb, or asked to quote work that now won't even proceed or isn't required.
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    1 Week Ago
    Sounds like you may have dodged a bullet there. What was the item?
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    1 Week Ago
    For me its easier just to pretend to be a forgetful tree dude - bringing it up can't end well in terms of business. Its not like he tried to take absolute maximum advantage of the situation, he sold off his integrity for $200, that's his business really. My friend was telling me that he does certain things to convey that he's "not mucking around". He tells prospective clients that he prefers an answer on a bid within 7 days, the bid is then valid for 14 days, just to name a couple.
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    1 Week Ago
    Yeah I won't even mention it. I've got no issue paying $200 to have it fixed, the way he handled it though I lost all respect. I'm about to draft up terms and conditions, its the only way to deal with the more common things that pop up.
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    1 Week Ago
    I also think some clients regard contractors in general as an adversary, they probably tell themselves its ok to be a scumbag because we charge too high or are just out there to rip them off. I wouldn't mind some feedback on this one that popped up yesterday, its got me a bit confused: Last year did a removal, long story short cracked a $5.00 concrete paver, I offered ( Sean's Recommendation) to withhold $200 of the bill until fixed by either myself or their own landscaper. I followed up a couple times customer fobbed me off. I left it alone figuring it was a waste of time. This guy now wants a quote on what sounds like a 1-2 day dead wooding job. I wanted to raise the matter of the paver when I go around there but figure that could jeopardize the quote. Maybe I say nothing and just add a bit to the price but I really don't know if I should even be trusting him at all?
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    1 Week Ago
    Around here that would be unusual in the sense that they had the decency to let you know as opposed to ignoring your follow up attempts. I was chatting to a couple tree biz owners the other night and we all agreed that managing the business is the most challenging aspect overall.
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    2 Weeks Ago
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Likewise, plus we did it as kids offering to wash cars etc. Such a huge spectrum of door knockers exists, I have a real distaste for those that persistently target the elderly seeking to rip them off. I was talking to my friends dad yesterday and he said they were getting tree work doorknockers nearly every day lately.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I wonder if the question was " Have you EVER knocked " if things may start to unravel a tad more
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Chris E replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    A friend of mine in the local tree scene is moving interstate, he was a bit of a "celebrity" contract climber some might say. Its always a bit of a loss of sorts when friends move far away but hes offered me his chipper (990XP) so that's good news for the business...
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  • Chris E's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Morons, the lot of them. I'm too busy to door knock but will drop a card if I see something, generally its a dead tree in the front yard of an upmarket property.
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  • Chris E's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    tough call
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    3 Weeks Ago
    put down?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Chris E replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Did a quote for an existing customer today, very attractive, friendly and down to earth lady. Turns out she has a bit of a modelling/fashion blog. I'm tempted to share pics but it feels slightly creepy...
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Chris E replied to a thread Solo Tree Work in Climbing Forum
    "See you tomorrow" followed by a collision of metal. Yeah great, thanks for that. Doors don't slam so hard if the cab is sealed (other windows etc shut), but that's hardly the point
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