All I needed to know about projects, I learned as a kid shoveling snow: Earning a motorcycle

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WestBow Press, Nov 14, 2011 - Business & Economics - 72 pages
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[...] it didn’t matter, because one word, “sure” in the context of motorcycle ownership, gave Pete permission to buy one. All he had to do now was earn the money. [...]

When Ms. Strickland answered the door she looked at the stoop and noticed that it had been shoveled. Since they were both holding shovels, the first thing she said in a rhetorical tone was “Did you guys do that? Thank you!” Before they could get a word out, she continued with “I guess you are here to shovel my drive! Or did you do that too and now you want your money?”

Without missing a beat, Mel replied, “Yup! Twenty bucks!”

In a scolding almost frantic tone she replied with, “Well I’m not paying. I have the lawn service under contract. Not very smart business boys. You can’t just ask people to pay for a service they didn’t request!”

Pete just stood there in shock when Mel said, “OK, we’ll put it back.”

She paused for a moment with a look of horror on her face until she realized Mel was joking and started laughing. She said “I’m sorry boys, but I’m already committed.”

Mel replied, “That’s OK, we understand.”

As they were walking toward the next house, they heard Ms. Strickland’s door open and she started yelling, “Boys!? Boys!? Wait!” Mel and Pete exchanged glances wondering what now? “Come back! I changed my mind! You can shovel my drive!”

Pete jokingly said to Mel, “It looks like we’re both gonna make $20 on this drive since our price just doubled!”

 

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Contents

The idea
1
The pitch
4
The beginning
7
The team
12
The customer
15
The pickup
19
The labor saving device
22
The technique
27
The procrastinate
34
The conversation
37
The anticipation
44
The purchase
46
The end
50
Epilogue
51
Conclusion
53
About the author
57

The service
31

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