• 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    08-26-2017
    Just thought I'd mention for anyone who doesn't know's benefit. Those sites are good looking, but need a good bit more work done to them on the technical side. Most website visitors now days are going to our sites on mobile devices, so the search engines rank sites that are good on mobile devices higher than ones that aren't. Something to keep in mind if your business is like mine and gets most of it's new customers from the search engines. You can check out what Google thinks of your site at: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ Making a great looking website is nice. Getting lots of traffic to it is even better. We recently spent a good bit of time on our site, getting it up to "good" so we get more mobile traffic, seems to have increased our quote requests by about 20% so far. Just my two cents. :)
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    08-26-2017
    When I started trees we knocked on doors at first, until we realized they either wanted us to do it for free or ridiculously cheap. They didn't see the problem, that's why they hadn't called somebody, and you don't get paid much to solve something that ain't a problem. When it becomes a problem, they'll call someone, and pay more now that's it's their idea/problem. These days I think $100 bucks on adwords ads will get you a lot more than the same amount of gas and time driving all over creation looking for dead trees.
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    08-10-2017
    I had a couple guys try to pick it up. That particular log was almost 4' and 20"-24" something like that. They were big guys and the pile was maybe 100' away. I always like to keep a big guy on the crew, not just tall but stocky. The big guy we have now we call him "Sas" short for sasquatch. Mainly cause he'll carry good size small trees mostly upright to the chipper. Like he's bigfoot walking through the woods and it started raining and he just grabs a tree and uses it like an umbrella. It's funny if you saw it.
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    08-09-2017
    Ah maybe 100 - 200 pounds. Something they couldn't pick up was all I was looking for. Usually they'd flip it end over end to the pile, then when it was "against" the pile they'd look at me, like "that's all you wanted, right?" Usually I'd just stare at them, till they figured out I meant ON the pile, not "next to", "beside", "leaning against". I just wanted to see if they could follow instructions, really. Matter of fact, I used to tell my guys when they started out: "If you don't follow instructions, I'll fire you. If you won't follow instructions, I can't keep you safe on the job site, and I am NOT going to be the guy calling your parents or wife or girlfriend and saying, "Bob died today". I'll fire you LONG before you get the chance to do something stupid."
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    07-28-2017
    A few years back we started doing things this way: We put an ad on CL or somewhere. Everyone that calls gets an interview. I schedule them all at the same time. 30-40 calls means 1 or 2 will show up. When they get there I point to a big log that's about 30' from a pile of logs. I say, "Put that log ON the pile." If they get the log ON the pile, they move on to the next step. I pay em' 50 bucks for their first day. They go out with the crew, the crew decides if they like them. I tell them, "Your job is to impress the crew, when ya'll get back, I'm gonna ask everyone if they want you on the crew". If the crew likes them I hire them. As for experience, I don't think anyone has it. One guy came recommended by a guy I trusted, said he had 15 years experience doing trees. First day he dropped one tree on the neighbor's driveway and a few hours later dropped a tree on the neighbor's house. Then he walked off the job. I don't believe anyone can do anything until I've seen them do it. Just My 2 Cents
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    07-28-2017
    I have 3 daughters, my youngest climbs for fun. She's got more guts in a tree than half the guys I've trained to climb. And on after hours jobs, or when we're short a guy, she works right along side the guys on the crew and never complains about the rain. She's been doing that since she was 12, and I'm proud of her. I'm not sexist, I say it to make a point. Heck, one time I told a guy that was taking his sweet time splitting wood that if he wanted to do women's work, I had some dishes in the house he could do. He looked like he was gonna hit me, but he got the message.
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    07-28-2017
    2GuysTrees replied to a thread JR in Odds and Ends
    I have a buddy that never would wear a helmet in the tree. Last year something happened with the rigging on a crane job he was helping a friend with and he got hit in the head by a falling log. He was unconscious for 30 minutes, lost hearing, movement, and feeling on the left side of his head. Very lucky to be alive after that. He went out and bought the most expensive helmet he could find. Safety usually is only a big deal after you know that you know that you need it, then it's non-negotiable. What amazes me is not that safety is a non-negotiable, big deal to some people, but that most people won't learn how big a deal it is from someone else's experience, even thought that someone else does the same thing they do every day.
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    07-25-2017
    It'd be nice if they had those everywhere.
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    07-25-2017
    I used to have a half dozen "white boys" working for me. They all worked VERY hard on the job site. Might sit around for an hour first thing in the morning if I let them though. New guys always asked if we were working today when the forecast called for rain. Every time they'd ask, I'd ask if they were a girl, then walk away shaking my head, turn around and say, "If you're in the tree an you're worried about lightening, you can get outta the tree, otherwise we're working". Now my crew is pretty mixed. Sometimes I have to ask the white guys if they're supervising when they're standing around, but all in all they all work really well.
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    07-25-2017
    Very Cool, might borrow some stuff from what you posted. Nice work!
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    07-25-2017
    I've only been doing trees for 7 years, but from the day we started we get half down on jobs of $400 or more. I've had 2 or 3 people complain about it in 7 years. We can be booked out 2 weeks, have a major storm come through, do that work, and not lose a single job. The first sentence on my forms says, "I understand that scheduling is dependent on the weather and a lot of other factors outside of everyone's control." My quote forms say: "I understand that scheduling is dependent on the weather and other factors outside everyone's control. I hereby certify that I am the property owner, or am authorized by the property owner, to contract 2 Guys Tree Service for the work specified above. By signing below, I authorize 2 Guys Tree Service to perform the work and personally guarantee payment. I further understand that payment is due by cash or check upon completion of work, and that Jobs quoted at $400.00 or more require half of payment upon signing." That has saved us a lot of headaches. We make some exceptions, especially for storm work/insurance jobs. I'm up for all the competition in the world, but I gotta make sure I can pay my guys at the end of the week, they have families to feed. One more thing to mention.... heard a story a while back about a couple getting divorced. She owned the house and had a favorite tree in the backyard. He was getting booted and before he left, hired a tree guy (not me) to take down her favorite tree. Big lawsuit. That's why we have that property owner stuff on there.
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  • 2GuysTrees's Avatar
    07-24-2017
    I liked it. I also appreciated the "if they be true craftsmen" part. Obviously there was a good bit of thought put into those words.
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