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Old 06-27-2010, 06:53 PM
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how to get commercial jobs?

hey i just found this site today and love it.I've been on here for hours already trying to learn.I am gonna search some more but wanted to ask how is the best way to get bids on commercial jobs?

I have been in landscaping for over 10 years but have never done any mowing.With the economy like it is my contractors have not been building so Im thinking of getting into mowing also.didn't want to ask any local people but figure this site is grert because people are spread out and not worried im trying to take thier work.lol

Just trying to find out how to get into it so I can pay the bills.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:36 PM
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My friend, I'm NOT trying to bash you here, But Trust me, Your NOT ready for commerical accounts yet
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:47 PM
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My friend, I'm NOT trying to bash you here, But Trust me, Your NOT ready for commerical accounts yet
hows that?i got plenty of people who want to work for me that have done that before but i just am not sure on how to get the bid .

Sure there is more to it than I think but if i can handle doing new installs on big jobs i think I can handle doing the mowing and upkeep.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:08 AM
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hows that?i got plenty of people who want to work for me that have done that before but i just am not sure on how to get the bid .

Sure there is more to it than I think but if i can handle doing new installs on big jobs i think I can handle doing the mowing and upkeep.
do you have a irrigation license?
are you insured to the commerical standerds ?
do you have a spray Licenses ?
do you have a contract ready ?
do you have back up equipment and a back up truck ?
do you have back up employees ?
do you have business contaics ?


I garentee you, if a client wants color change, I can out bid you !

how you ask? I purchase in bulk and at wholesale.
want color change 7 time a year.....
how much will it cost me to have color change 7 times per year ?
I want 1200 panzies, how much will it cost ?
We need them by this weekend .....

NOw are we ready ?
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:58 PM
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do you have a irrigation license?
are you insured to the commerical standerds ?
do you have a spray Licenses ?
do you have a contract ready ?
do you have back up equipment and a back up truck ?
do you have back up employees ?
do you have business contaics ?


I garentee you, if a client wants color change, I can out bid you !

how you ask? I purchase in bulk and at wholesale.
want color change 7 time a year.....
how much will it cost me to have color change 7 times per year ?
I want 1200 panzies, how much will it cost ?
We need them by this weekend .....

NOw are we ready ?

Yes to your questions.Like I said ive been landscaping for years but thanks for the heads up.I'm sure there are a few things I am not thinking of but Im learning.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:03 AM
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Yes to your questions.Like I said ive been landscaping for years but thanks for the heads up.I'm sure there are a few things I am not thinking of but Im learning.
Ok, Like I said I'm NOT trying to bash you, GREAT to hear that everythign is lined up.

Do you need an outline, " checklist-contract " if so IM me with your email address I will send you a GREAT one. of corse mine is for down here in TEXAS. I'm sure in your area there may be a few more items.

But this will help you NOT to forget anything and have surprises, alone the way...



Best of luck
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:00 PM
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do you have a irrigation license?
are you insured to the commerical standerds ?
do you have a spray Licenses ?
do you have a contract ready ?
do you have back up equipment and a back up truck ?
do you have back up employees ?
do you have business contaics ?


I garentee you, if a client wants color change, I can out bid you !

how you ask? I purchase in bulk and at wholesale.
want color change 7 time a year.....
how much will it cost me to have color change 7 times per year ?
I want 1200 panzies, how much will it cost ?
We need them by this weekend .....

NOw are we ready ?
I hope you have a spell checker before you send out your proposals.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:56 AM
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I hope you have a spell checker before you send out your proposals.
LOL... I kno right?

to be honest I really dont do anythign anymore.

I once herd "you know you've made it when you show up, and it seems that your just in the way..."


That's when your business has made it
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:05 PM
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You will study the property, maybe even try to catch their current LCO in operation, and watch them. Take good notes, find 4 or 5 things they are doing poorly, even if they are minor. Go in armed with that info, point out the current LCOs shortfalls, and ask them when their contract expires, call them back 45 days before that date, and remind them of your visit, and that their lawn service contract is about up ( if they are busy,they prop dont even realize its about up, and will appreciate the reminder) And just ask them, hey, what are you paying these clowns,i know i can do a better job, its just a matter of, can i beat their price. Thats how its done, works a very high percentage of the time. But dont be surprised if somebody does the same thing to you the following year. Commercial accts are dog eat dog, thats why i prefer residential, they wont jump ship for 5 bucks if you are doing a good job. And if you dont have reliable equipment to push their snow in the winter, forget about it, they dont have the time or desire to break that out, and find somebody else to do it.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:08 PM
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good advice mudflap.I will keep it in mind.
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