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Are your clients always late?

asked 2016-07-08 06:56:19 -0500

I find that my clients take advantage of my schedule. One client insisted on an early drop off at 6:30 am when we had agreed to 7:00 am. I wake up early and prepare for client and then at 7:00 am they text that they are running late and will be there at 7:30!! It would be ok if this was once in a while but it seems to happen a lot with multiple clients. Do you guys have any suggestion on how to express how important it is to be on time up front?

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answered 2016-07-08 14:57:44 -0500

This has been a problem for me also, especially when I first started on Rover. I was more willing to be flexible, as I really needed the clients and the reviews. Over time, though, clients would abuse that more and more. "Give an inch and they take a mile" type of thing. Now I have a system in place, and it's made my bookings a lot smoother.

  1. I let them know my pick up and drop off times at the M&G. Unless it's a regular, consistent client that I know is always awesome, I don't budge from that. For me. I do not allow drop-offs for boarding before 7:00 AM. I do not allow pick-ups for boarding to be done after 10:00 PM.

  2. If you are more than 30 minutes late, we will need to reschedule. I also have walking clients during the day. So I let them know at the meet and greet that if they think they are running late, give me a call. If they're running 30 minutes late, we will need to reschedule the drop-off according to my other clients. I always let them know upfront that I try to keep my schedule full, but flexible. Even still, I won't make another client wait because they're running late.

  3. Clients will ask"If I pay you extra, can I drop-off/pick-up outside of that window?"...

If they need to drop-off their dog before 7:00 AM, I ask them to add one day to the booking and drop-off the night before. Mornings are hectic, and most people that want to drop their dog off before 7am typically end up running late that morning anyway.

If they want to pick-up their dog after 10:00 PM, they may pay for an additional fee for "after-hours" care. Generally half of my boarding rate.

Even if you're firm with your time windows, people will still inevitably be late. 5-10 minutes, ok. Not a big deal. We're all human. I'll wait 15 minutes before calling the client. 30 minutes late...? See #2. I think the important thing, and the thing I learned the hard way, is to let the clients know at the meet and greet (or at least before the booking is confirmed) what your boundaries are. Put your boundaries in your profile and reiterate them when meeting new clients. This way, when you stick to your rules, they can't say they didn't know.

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Hello Shane, I was wondering how do you add the additional fee charge for "after hours" when client's don't pick up their dogs before 10? I would like to do something similar but Rover does not allow me to add any additional fees unless I do an extended booking where the owner must accept .

Karissa S.'s profile image Karissa S.  ( 2016-07-18 14:13:36 -0500 ) edit

I just send a new request with the prorated rate and ask them to accept the booking before picking up their dog. As long as you let them know upfront that there's a fee for the late pickup, most owners are understanding.

Shane W.'s profile image Shane W.  ( 2016-07-19 09:22:04 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2016-07-18 13:45:43 -0500

Unfortunately, I do have this problem quite often as well.

Many times I get owners from different cities who aren't familiar with my area and do not accurately know how long it will take them to get to my home. However, I live right by a mall so I tend to like to do my meet and greets there. That can give the client an idea of how long on average it will take for transportation time so they can better prepare their trip to your home on drop off and pick up days. During the meet and greet time, such as Shane W. mentioned, I would go over specific times with the owner and send them a friendly reminder the day or night before their drop off or pick up day of the time they are supposed to meet you. For example, "I look forward to seeing you and (dogs name here) tomorrow! Are we still set for 10 AM?" Or something along those lines. This just gives the owner an extra reminder of the time you agreed to.

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