03-03-2008, 09:01 PM
I have been in landscaping for 10 years. I sat out the past 2 years to embark on new endeavors (real estate). Unfortunately, that wasn’t a good venture. I’m now back into the landscaping business and trying to contract commercial clients. However, I’m running into the dilemma of providing references that will help validate my experience and customer service provided. Prior to my leaving the business I had several commercial clients such as Golden Corral, Good Year Commercial Tire, and some apartment complexes. Since my absence, these companies have switched management or are under new ownership. My question is how I go about acquiring commercial clients without my previous references or without directly/indirectly knowing someone who “oversees” the business????